Hamilton aims to finish season with win
|By Pablo Elizalde||Friday, October 23rd 2009, 10:33 GMT|
Lewis Hamilton is aiming to finish the season with a win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where the Briton reckons his McLaren will be strong.
"We've had a fantastic second half of the season, and it would be perfect to end the year with a win - it would send us into the winter fully motivated and pumped up for the 2010 season," said Hamilton, who has scored more points than any other driver in the last seven races.
"All the signs point to Abu Dhabi being another strong track for us – there are plenty of slow corners leading onto long straights, where KERS will be very advantageous.
"Seeing as it's likely to be the last race for KERS, it would be fantastic to send it off with a perfect result – that would be a very fitting farewell for all the engineers who have worked so hard to make the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes system the best in the business."
McLaren is fighting for third place in the standings with Ferrari, who is one point behind the British squad with only the Abu Dhabi race left.
Hamilton's team-mate Heikki Kovalainen admitted he is determined to help McLaren secure its current position in the final race.
"I had a very strong race in Brazil and I'm determined to rack up a points finish in Abu Dhabi to make sure we hold on to third position in the Constructors' Championship," he said.
"From what I've seen of the track, it looks pretty good – it's got a couple of fast corners at the start of the lap, but then there's a real low-speed, technical section towards the end.
"It still looks like it will be a tough track for overtaking, but the facilities look amazing – totally world-class – and I think the idea of a dusk race is very good for our sport.
"Singapore has set the standard very high with its night race, but Abu Dhabi looks like it will set new standards in Formula 1. I can't wait to get out there."