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Lewis Hamilton Q&A: It's going to be emotional 24 Nov 2012

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 November 2012 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 November 2012 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 November 2012 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 November 2012

If he’d won the races he should have won, it may well have been Lewis Hamilton and not Fernando Alonso duking it out with Sebastian Vettel for the title. All he can do now, though, is hope to end his McLaren career on a high - and starting from pole with your team mate alongside is a pretty good way to go about it…

Q: Lewis, this was your seventh pole position of the year. You must be very happy leaving McLaren with such a strong performance…
Lewis Hamilton:
Wow, yes, it is fantastic. I really hope that we can make it to P1 on the podium tomorrow. Wouldn’t it be great to have a one-two finish tomorrow?

Q: So what is it that you expect tomorrow?
LH:
I am pretty sure that it will be a quite difficult race. I was just reflecting on my qualifying here in the past years and realized that I either started from P4 or P18, so pole position is a nice break. (laughs) I was joking with [McLaren team principal] Martin Whitmarsh that I would not mind starting from P5, but not from P4 again, and it worked.

Q: It is the last time that you will be driving the MP4-27 and wearing McLaren overalls. How do you want to be remembered?
LH:
I want to be remembered by my results. So my hope really is that we can make it a one-two. I will then leave and Jenson will drive that fantastic car next year while I move on to do groundwork.

Q: What do you make of the weather report for tomorrow?
LH:
You cannot change the conditions so you have to make a good start and then be smart in the race. We are fortunate to start from the best possible positions.

Q: You did that pole time under completely different conditions to those we are likely to see in the race. How much is your car prepared for the weather change?
LH:
As prepared as anybody else, unless perhaps the Red Bulls have done something different. Generally the set-up is not much different, so I believe that our car will still work in the rain. What I really would hope for tomorrow is a race going from dry to wet or vice versa - that would make it really a thriller.

Q: What makes the McLarens so strong at the end of the season? Had that happened some races earlier you would be part of the title fight tomorrow…
LH:
To be honest, I don’t know. Probably we are doomed to always get strong towards the end of the year. Actually we’ve been strong all year and if we hadn’t had our problems with some issues the standings right now would indeed be a lot different. But with the win in Austin and now the pole, I think it is a good way to sign off from my journey with McLaren.

Q: Is it already emotional for you?
LH:
Not yet, but I know it will be.

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