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Hamilton admits there's nothing to lose in Abu Dhabi GP

Lewis Hamilton insists that he will be carrying a carefree approach into the Abu Dhabi GP, aiming to claim a fourth win of the season.
Lewis Hamilton has repeated that he is heading into the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi aiming to enjoy himself and add a fourth victory to his tally for 2010.

That is the most that the Briton can do in his pursuit of a second world championship crown, and even then he requires all three of his rivals to miss the top ten to do so, but it means that he is racing with the pressure lifted from his shoulders while Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel stress over the various permutations that could make them king of the sport for a year.

A carefree approach, combined with an improved McLaren, allowed Hamilton to qualify on the front row at Yas Marina, and the 2008 champion clearly intends to be a spoiler in the three-way fight between his rivals that many believe with shape the destiny of the championship.

"In 2007 and 2008, [it was tough] being at the last races with an incredible amount of pressure on, this weekend is a huge difference for me," he admitted, "I am just here enjoying myself and enjoying driving the car and looking forward to tomorrow. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so we are quite chilled and quite happy."

With team-mate Jenson Button - eliminated from the title fight last weekend in Brazil - qualifying fourth, it appears that McLaren has finally got its second iteration of the F-duct system working better than ever since its introduction at Suzuka and Hamilton is determined to make that count, not just for his own ambitions, but also to keep the Woking team out of the reach of Ferrari in the constructors' championship.

"The team have done some great things improving certain parts of the car, and it's enabled us to be a lot more competitive this weekend," he confirmed, "It's a good feeling again for us, and a good step to hopefully scoring more points than the Ferraris tomorrow."

Despite missing out on pole by 0.031secs, Hamilton was delighted to be lining up on the front row - especially under possible threat of further stewards' sanctions - and insisted that he expected to be able to race with his championship rivals on Sunday.

"I cannot really complain where I am - and it was a great job also by Jenson," he admitted, "The guys have done a great job to finally fix the rear wing - not 100 per cent, but to get it working to a point where we can use it, and it has been a bit of a benefit this weekend. Generally, we have got good end of straight speed and the rest of the car, with some small improvements, is feeling really good, so I'm very happy to be up there. This is the highest I have qualified for some time now, so it is a good feeling.

"I don't think [racing] is going to be a problem. It's not that dirty offline, to be honest, and it's a very smooth circuit. There is some rubber on our side [of the grid], but it's nothing compared to places like Montreal, and I think going offline and braking on the inside at the end of the straight into turn eight shouldn't be a problem for us."




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