Lewis Hamilton finished the F1 2010 season on a 'high' today when he took second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton ran at the front throughout the 55-lap race in his McLaren and while in the end he couldn't beat Sebastian Vettel after getting held up by Robert Kubica, the Englishman was philosophical about the outcome.

Indeed while he only finished the season third in the standings, the 25-year-old, is already looking to 2011.

"I was able to match Sebastian's pace in the early part of the race - but, after my pitstop, I was stuck behind Robert. It was just impossible to get past him - he made no mistakes - so it wasn't possible to resume my attack on Sebastian. But that's the way motor racing goes sometimes," Hamilton reflected.

"We've still ended this year on a high though - to get both of us [Jenson Button and I] onto the podium and to clinch runner-up spot in the constructors' world championship represents a great achievement for the whole Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team.

"The team has been pushing so hard for the whole season - I'm so proud of everyone. Now, I'm already looking ahead to next year, when I hope our car will be even better, so that we can do battle at the very front from the first race of the season.

"There are 15 weeks to go until the 2011 season starts - it can't come soon enough!" Hamilton concluded.

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