Hamilton: First Brazil win would be “perfect farewell”

2012 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Circuit of the Americas, 2012Lewis Hamilton says he wants to leave McLaren on a high with victory in this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton will make his 110th and final start for McLaren before moving to Mercedes in the off-season.

“Brazil has been the scene of some epic races for me during my time at Vodafone McLaren Merecedes and, for many reasons, this weekend will be a very big race for me,” said Hamilton.

“I nearly won the title here in 2007, clinched it on the final turn in 2008 and drove like crazy to finish on the podium in 2009. But I?ve never won: and that?s what I?ll be aiming to do this time around.

“As my final race behind the wheel of a McLaren, I vow to the whole team that I?ll give it my all on every single lap. My win in Austin last week was one of the races of my life, and I?d love to take victory in Brazil this weekend to give the team the perfect farewell present.”

Hamilton is not in contention for the championship this year but praised title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso:

“It?s a very finely poised battle, and neither Sebastian nor Fernando can afford to relax for a moment. They are both fantastic drivers, and both have driven superbly all season. Now, we?ll see who takes the final honours ?ǣ I hope it?s an epic contest.??

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh added: “This weekend?s Brazilian Grand Prix will bring the curtain down on another fascinating and exciting world championship. Additionally, it?ll be Lewis?s final race for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ?ǣ the end of a long, and successful, chapter in the team?s history.

“I think our win in Austin last weekend has buoyed the team after a couple of disappointing races, and has shown that, in terms of raw speed, the MP4-27 wants for nothing. That?s an encouraging message to be sending home to our engineers and designers for the winter, and also a positive for our drivers, who know that they?ll likely be equipped with race-winning machinery for the Interlagos weekend.

“The Formula One world championship couldn?t ask for a more epic backdrop to the title decider than the sweeps and valleys of Interlagos. There?s little to choose between the performances of Sebastian and Fernando this season, and all I hope for is a fair and true contest on Sunday.”

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