Hamil­ton ready to wrap up sea­son on a high

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

ABU DHABI: Lewis Hamil­ton will find his num­ber is up in lights in Abu Dhabi, and that can only be a good omen as the triple For­mula One world cham­pion seeks to end another dom­i­nant sea­son on a high this week­end. The num­ber 44, the one the Bri­ton has on his Mercedes, fig­ures promi­nently on road­side il­lu­mi­na­tions as the United Arab Emi­rates cel­e­brates the 44th an­niver­sary of its found­ing on Dec. 2, 1971.

The re­turn to Yas Ma­rina will also bring back fond mem­o­ries for the 30-year-old who clinched his sec­ond ti­tle by win­ning at the cir­cuit last sea­son and can take his 50th ca­reer pole po­si­tion this week­end.

“Last year, this place brought prob­a­bly the most in­tense week­end of my life. I didn’t sleep much through nerves and not know­ing what was ahead,” the race favourite re­called. “But this time around there’s no pres­sure, so I’ll be well-rested and aim­ing to go out on a high. “A lot of Bri­tish fans come out to Abu Dhabi so it’s like another home crowd for me. To win for them and show how grate­ful I am for the fan­tas­tic sup­port I’ve had all year would be the best way to end an in­cred­i­ble sea­son,” he added. Another win would also be his 11th of the sea­son, match­ing his 2014 tally. For Mercedes, re­gard­less of who wins, a 12th one-two fin­ish from 19 races would also be the icing on the cake by break­ing their own record set last year. With first and sec­ond as­sured in the cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond year in a row, and the con­struc­tor’s ti­tle re­tained, there is also the hope of see­ing both Mercedes driv­ers bat­tling wheel to wheel.

En­ter­tain­ing bat­tle

There was none of that in Brazil two weeks ago, or in Mex­ico, as Mercedes made clear that their pri­or­ity was to se­cure sec­ond place for Nico Ros­berg. “We will not be back­ing off-and an en­ter­tain­ing bat­tle at the front be­tween our boys for one last time in 2015 will be the ideal way to show that,” said mo­tor­sport head Toto Wolff. Ros­berg will be aim­ing to con­tinue two se­quences of his own, the Ger­man chas­ing his third win in a row and sixth suc­ces­sive pole to go into the win­ter with at least some brag­ging rights.

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