Hamilton, Button eyeing win in Brazil
21st Nov 2011 8:13 pm
The McLaren duo has their sights set on the top step of the podium as the 2011 Formula 1 season makes its final stop at the Interlagos Circuit in Brazil this weekend.
McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button say that theyhave their sights set on another victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix to end the 2011 season on a high.
Hamilton bounced back from a series of difficult races to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in dominant fashion, securing his third victory of the campaign.
He admitted it was a great feeling to return to the top step of the podium, and says that made him even more determined to try to repeat the feat at Interlagos.
"Winning in Abu Dhabi last week was a fantastic feeling, and it's made me even more determined to finish the 2011 season with a victory," said Hamilton in a team preview. "It would be great to go into the winter off the back of another win, so that'll be my aim next weekend.”
"Of course, for Jenson and me, Interlagos is the circuit where we won the world championship, so it will always hold some happy memories for us. In fact, I've only been here once [in 2009] when I wasn't in contention for the championship.”
"This year, with both titles already wrapped up, I want to enjoy myself: and I think we have the car to once again make a difference - we'll pick up where we left off in Abu Dhabi, I hope.”
"I think we're all set for a great end to the 2011 championship: Interlagos is a fantastic circuit, one of the best on the calendar, and I think the combination of KERS Hybrid and DRS, plus the possibility of wet weather, mean we're all set for a fascinating race."
2009 champion Jenson Button believes McLaren's showing in Abu Dhabi showed the team is still pushing as hard as possible despite the championships being over.
And he too is aiming to finish the season on the top step of the podium next week.
"I think we proved in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago that McLaren still wants to win races even though both championships are now settled," Button said.
"Certainly I'm determined to win my fourth grand prix of the year, even if it means fighting all the way to the last lap of the last race."