• Brazilian Grand Prix

Hamilton aiming for 'perfect farewell'

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Lewis Hamilton wants one final victory in McLaren colours © Press Association

This weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix marks the end of an era in McLaren's history as it will be Lewis Hamilton's final race for the Woking based team.

Hamilton was signed up by McLaren as an 11-year-old boy and went on to win the world drivers' title in 2008 after narrowly missing out in 2007.

"Brazil has been the scene of some epic races for me during my time at Vodafone McLaren Merecedes and, for many reasons, this weekend will be a very big race for me," said Hamilton on the eve of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix. "I nearly won the title here in 2007, clinched it on the final turn in '08 and drove like crazy to finish on the podium in '09. But I've never won: and that's what I'll be aiming to do this time around."

Hamilton's brilliant victory in the US Grand Prix was his fourth of the season and the 21st of his Formula One career. And he is determined to go out with a bang and repay his current employers with one more race win.

"As my final race behind the wheel of a McLaren, I vow to the whole team that I'll give it my all on every single lap. My win in Austin last week was one of the races of my life, and I'd love to take victory in Brazil this weekend to give the team the perfect farewell present.

"Finally, a word on the championship: it's a very finely poised battle, and neither Sebastian nor Fernando can afford to relax for a moment. They are both fantastic drivers, and both have driven superbly all season. Now, we'll see who takes the final honours - I hope it's an epic contest."

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