Hamilton claimed pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix in his 110th and last start for McLaren.
“Pole! What a great feeling! It’s been a fantastic weekend so far. We don’t yet know for certain what the weather conditions will be like tomorrow, but I hope that both Jenson and I will be able to push for victory”, he said.
“I’ve usually started from fourth grid position at Interlagos, and it hasn’t always given me much success. Before qualifying, I told Martin [Whitmarsh] that I really didn’t want to start fourth this time. All in all, I’m very proud and happy that I got pole”.
Hamilton noted the anticipated wet conditions but is hoping for a McLaren 1-2, a result that would secure the team second place in the championship.
“Jenson and I are in the best possible starting positions for tomorrow. However, if it’s wet, the lead car is the always the first to aquaplane or hit the puddles, so, even if we both get good starts, we’ll still need to be cautious. Equally, however, I don’t want to drop back at the start because it would then be very difficult to see in all the spray”, he said.
“We haven’t had a one-two in a race for quite a long time [Canada 2010], so it would be a great positive for the team if we could achieve it tomorrow. It would be my perfect farewell, in fact”.