Hamilton prepared for final race with McLaren
22 November 2012 – Much like a lap of Interlagos, Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren career has been a ride of dramatic ups and downs, but the 2008 World Champion is striving for one last victory in Brazil this weekend. In 2013, he will switch to Mercedes after 110 Grand Prix starts.
“Brazil has been the scene of some epic races for me during my time at McLaren and, for many reasons, this weekend will be a very big race for me,” says the Englishman, who narrowly lost out on the title in 2007 before clinching it by the same one-point margin a year later. “I nearly won the title here in 2007, clinched it on the final turn in ’08 and drove like crazy to finish on the podium in ’09. But I’ve never won: and that’s what I’ll be aiming to do this time around.
“At 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 also shared a word on the Vettel-Alonso championship showdown:
“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. I hope it’s an epic contest.”