Lewis Hamilton has set his sights on giving McLaren
the 'perfect farewell present' this weekend in Brazil.
The event at Interlagos will be an emotional one for the Englishman as it will mark his final outing with the Woking-based outfit following his decision to leave and join Mercedes in 2013.
To date Hamilton has only stood on the podium once in Brazil, but after his brilliant win in the USA on Sunday, he heads to the 20th and final round in the 2012 F1 World Championship buzzing with confidence.
“Brazil has been the scene of some epic races for me during my time at Vodafone McLaren
Mercedes and, for many reasons, this weekend will be a very big race for me,” Hamilton remarked.
“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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton added that he is looking forward to seeing the conclusion to the fight for the F1 2012 drivers' title, not that he has gone so far as to say who he thinks will ultimately triumph.
“It's a very finely poised battle, and neither Sebastian [Vettel] nor Fernando [Alonso] 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,” he concluded.