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Hamilton moves on from racism row

Briton Lewis Hamilton says he has moved on from the racism row that has hit Formula One in recent weeks.

"It's not really something I want to comment on. I've moved forward and I'm looking forward to the first race," Hamilton, attending the Laureus awards ceremony last night, was quoted as saying by the Press Association.

The McLaren driver, second in last year's championship, has already switched his focus back to racing, and he admits he is aiming to win more races this season.

"Honestly, I can't wait to get back out there. The first Grand Prix - the car is feeling good, the team feels good and I feel good and that's all that matters," Hamilton added.

"My goals would be winning more races, finishing more races - last year we were very, very close to finishing every race so we have to try and improve that, more pole positions, fastest laps and then the main goal is to win the World Championship," he continued.

"It's going to be a tough season again and by no means will it be easy so we are working as hard as we can.

"But I feel even more confident than last year, even more determined because I know what to expect, I know how to manage my time better, I know how to train better and how to drive better so I feel very optimistic."

Hamilton enjoyed a sensational debut season in 2007, winning four races and losing the title by just one point.

And although it will not be easy for him to cause such a positive impression again this year, Hamilton says he still expects to take everyone by surprise.

"I still plan to take everyone by surprise personally," he said. "For sure coming into this season everyone knows what I can do but I have a few tricks up my sleeve."

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