F1: Lewis Hamilton looking to win 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix

15:38 18 November 2011

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]

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ABU Dhabi Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton wants to end the Formula 1 season on a high with victory in next Sunday’s 2011 Brazilian GP at Interlagos.

Having taken the chequered flag at the Yas Marina Circuit last weekend, the 26-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver is looking for a repeat performance in Sao Paulo in the final race of the year.

The Hertfordshire-born F1 star said: “Winning in Abu Dhabi last week was a fantastic feeling, and it’s made me even more determined to finish the 2011 season with a victory.

“It would be great to go into the winter off the back of another win, so that’ll be my aim next weekend.”

Hamilton, 26, has happy memories of racing in Brazil, having won the F1 world title there in 2008 in dramatic circumstances, but knows the climate makes things unpredictable.

"It would be great to go into the winter off the back of another win, so that’ll be my aim next weekend."

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton

“It’s rare for there to be a straightforward race at Interlagos – particularly if the weather plays a role,” said Lewis.

“I hear it’s been raining heavily in Sao Paulo at the moment – if it rains on Sunday, anything could happen.

“I remember having one of my best races in Formula 1 there in 2009 when I qualified 17th in seriously wet conditions, but raced up to third by the chequered flag. I spent the whole race overtaking people – it was brilliant.”

The McLaren motor racer added: “Of course, for Jenson and myself, Interlagos is the circuit where we won the world championship, so it will always hold some happy memories for us.

“In fact, I’ve only been there once [in 2009] when I wasn’t in contention for the championship.

“This year, with both titles already wrapped up, I want to enjoy myself: and I think we have the car to once again make a difference – we’ll pick up where we left off in Abu Dhabi, I hope.”

Hamilton’s team principal is looking for one of his world champions to make it seven McLaren victories for the season in Brazil.

Martin Whitmarsh said: “While everybody at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is extremely proud of Lewis’s dominant victory in Abu Dhabi, we’ve already switched focus to Brazil and are relishing the prospect of taking home back-to-back wins with which to end our 2011 season.

“Many of the recent races in Brazil have been complex, fascinating and gripping, particularly for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.

“In 2007, we came within a hair’s breadth of winning the title with either driver; the following year, Lewis so memorably snatched the title at the very final corner; in ’09, as Jenson blazed to the title, while Lewis drove with incredible commitment to finish on the podium.

“Last year, we held on to our championship aspirations with a double points finish.”

Of the finale to the F1 campaign, the McLaren supremo added: “A victory here would be particularly satisfying. In fact, we’re keen to take our seventh win of the season here.

“Lewis and Jenson have now scored three wins apiece this year and each of them are equally motivated to take their fourth.

“From a team management perspective, that’s an excellent position for us to be in.”

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