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Hamilton aims to end on a high

ESPNF1 Staff
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Lewis Hamilton is currently fifth in the drivers' championship © Sutton Images
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Lewis Hamilton says he is aiming to double his number of victories in 2011 during the last two races of the season.

Hamilton has endured a difficult year, with numerous clashes with Felipe Massa on top of further collisions with his team-mate Jenson Button, Kamui Kobayashi and Pastor Maldonado, most of which have resulted in penalties. Having recently split from his long-term girlfriend he admitted in India that he just wants the season to end, but ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Hamilton is eyeing victories to end on a positive note.

"Red Bull and Sebastian [Vettel] may have clinched both championships, but I'm still determined to end the season on a winning high," Hamilton said. "I've won two grands prix this year, and I'd love to double that by the end of the year! It would also be a great reward for everybody at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes."

Looking specifically at the race in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton thinks that the circuit should suit the MP4-26.

"I have some fantastic memories of the Yas Marina Circuit. I started from pole position there in 2009, and I led the race until I was forced to stop because of a brake issue. Last year, I finished second and set the fastest lap, so we head there looking to convert all that potential into a race win. I think we've got every reason to be confident for Abu Dhabi. This circuit should really suit the characteristics of our car - we should be able to capitalise on the layout to maximise the benefit of DRS and KERS, both of which are very strong on our car."