"Coming across here, this finish line, for the last time with the team 'til who knows when, is sad in many ways," he agreed. "But its also a beautiful thing in many ways as well because I'm going to start a new chapter in my life."
"It's been a good weekend so far. Grateful to be able to put the car on the front row and to have the last one-two in qualifying with Jenson in the same team," he said on Saturday. "Just a fantastic job by the team. So grateful for all the opportunities they've given me. I hope that we can turn it into something really positive."
The lights go out for the race at 2pm local time, 4pm GMT, with the forecasts predicting anything from a dry race to torrential rain and showers in between, beaning that Hamilton's finale with McLaren could prove to be an exciting, eventful and memorable occasion for all concerned.