• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Determined Hamilton not feeling any pressure

ESPNF1 Staff
November 10, 2010 « Mercedes aims to finish on a high | »
Lewis Hamilton celebrates after taking pole at last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - he was forced to retire with brake trouble in the race itself © Sutton Images

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, the outside bet of the four men still in with a chance of landing the drivers' championship, said he cannot wait for this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"I've been in the hunt for the world championship at the final race of the season on two previous occasions, so I know all about the pressure you feel when the title is almost within touching distance. This year, it feels a little different - although I'm still mathematically in with a shout, I'm fully aware that, being 24 points behind, I'll not only need to win the race on Sunday but see the championship leader finish outside the points. And, even then, that might not be enough. So I'm not feeling the pressure in quite the same way as I did in 2007 or 2008.

"That's not to say I'm going into the race weekend feeling any less determined or motivated. We've seen before that this championship can be unpredictable and volatile, and I think this last race of the year could be even more unpredictable than normal.

"I know from personal experience that the championship isn't over until you cross the line on the final lap, so I'll not only make sure I'm up there at the end, but pushing hard until the very end. It's going to be a brilliant spectacle, and a great event for Formula 1 fans around the world."