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By Alan Davies, Sports reporter
Thursday, November 10, 2011
FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton and McLaren colleague Jenson Button have given an insight into their preparations for the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in a team video.
"I’ve won two grands prix this year, and I’d love to double that by the end of the year!"
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes stars go in first practice around the futuristic Yas Marina Circuit at 9am on Friday, with qualifying starting at 1pm on Saturday.
In an official team video, the two British former F1 world champions give an exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into the season’s penultimate race of the season.
Hertfordshire-born Hamilton, 26, and Button discuss the challenges of competing in F1’s only day-night race, as well as explaining how the final two grands prix of 2011 will help them prepare for the 2012 season.
Both McLaren men finished on the podium in Abu Dhabi last year and Hamilton is looking to take the chequered flag on Sunday.
Hamilton said: “Last year, I finished second and set the fastest lap, so we head there looking to convert all that potential into a race win.
“I think we’ve got every reason to be confident for Abu Dhabi.
“This circuit should really suit the characteristics of our car – we should be able to capitalise on the layout to maximise the benefit of DRS and KERS, both of which are very strong on our car.”
The 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix starts at 1pm GMT on Sunday.