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'Mixed emotions' for Hamilton in McLaren finale

Lewis Hamilton had admitted to having 'mixed emotions' ahead of his final race for McLaren, the team with which he'll have competed in 110 Grand Prix events over six years.
Lewis Hamilton has repeatedly refuted suggestions that he's having second thoughts about quitting McLaren - the team he's been associated with since he was a boy - in order for a 2013 switch to Mercedes.

But on Saturday ahead of the 2012 F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Interlagos, Hamilton was willing to admit that he had 'mixed feelings' about his exit from the Woking-based team.

"I have mixed emotions," Hamilton told Sky Sports F1's Martin Brundle in Sao Paulo. "It's very emotional and I think as the weekend goes on I'll get more and more emotional about it.

"I arrived today knowing that this was the beginning of the last race with McLaren," he continued. "But I've got to try and separate that from my thoughts of the race and try and get on with the race and try to win.

"It's going to be tough," he added.

While Hamilton insists to not regretting his decision to move to Mercedes next season, despite that team's alarming slump in form in the second half of 2012, there have been hints in recent days that Hamilton's departure from McLaren might not prove to be a permanent state of affairs.

"We'd have him back, yes," McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh told Sky Sports News on Thursday. "So let's hope it's just a gap year."

"We have an incredible relationship," said Hamilton of his long history with the team. "My relationship with McLaren started from such an early age. I know them so well, they're like family to me - so I'm kind of just moving away from home.

"I am walking over that bridge and down a different path [but] if that path brings me back, then who knows?" he added. "Some people do move back ... but the most important thing is that [McLaren] will always be my home."

But for now, Hamilton had to look upon Sunday's race as being the end of his time at McLaren - and that means going out in style if he possibly can.

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Billy - Unregistered

November 25, 2012 12:36 PM

Maybe he wanted to try something different? Maybe there are things we dont know about. I dunno. Unfortunately you'll never know Taipan because.. 1. You are not him. 2. The closest you get to F1 is commenting this website.

Hamster - Unregistered

November 25, 2012 12:38 PM

Hammy dont worry you would be fine, you were the only one who brought home their only title in 14 seasons, despite having Coultard, Kimi, Montoya, Alonso, Heikki and Button on their books.

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