After fourteen years with McLaren – six of them in Formula One – Lewis Hamilton will say farewell to the team at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Hamilton has raced with McLaren since the start of 2007, claiming 21 wins, 25 pole positions and the 2008 world championship. He will move to Mercedes for 2013.
“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”, he said.
“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”.
Hamilton added that he will be pushing for all his worth this weekend.
“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 also believes both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso have driven brilliantly in 2012.
“Finally, a word on the championship: 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”.