Hamilton: I feel numb, it is mixed emotions at the moment

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 collide. Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 25 November 2012.

Lewis Hamilton’s final race with McLaren ended in a DNF

Nov.26 (Reuters) Lewis Hamilton was left “feeling numb” after failing to finish his final race for McLaren on Sunday, despite starting on pole position and leading the race, only to be taken out as he battled for the lead.

Race winner Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren celebrates with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR) McLaren Chief Executive Officer and the team. Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 25 November 2012.The 2008 world champion, who is moving to Mercedes next season, retired when Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg skidded into him on the slippery track as they were approaching back markers while running first and second.
Hamilton commented on the incident, ”The dude did not even come and say sorry. That is what happens when you are racing with the less experienced.”

Jenson Button went on to win the title-deciding race for McLaren, the team’s second win in two races after Hamilton’s victory at the U.S. Grand Prix.

“I am happy for the team that we got a win and feeling good for the future,” Hamilton told reporters. “[But] I feel numb, a little bit like I did in 2007 – it is mixed emotions at the moment.

Hamilton missed out on the title in 2007, his rookie season, by a single point, in Brazil.

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button at Brazilian GP“[It's] sad that we were leading and I didn’t get to see through the race and also that I am leaving. But I am excited for the future and hopefully I will have a little bit of luck at some stage,” said the Briton.

Hamilton has been part of the McLaren ‘family’ since he was a 13-year-old in go-karts, with the team backing him through the junior series to Formula One and Sunday was a farewell to the only F1 team he has known.

In 110 grands prix, he has won 21 times with 49 podium places, 26 pole positions, 12 fastest laps and 913 world championship points.

Button, who ended the season as he started it, with a win, said that that he would have liked to celebrate on the podium with his team mate one last time.

“It’s sad that Lewis isn’t here to enjoy his last race with the team but it’s racing and these things happen,” he said. “I’d like to bid him farewell. We’ve had a good time together over the last three years.”

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  • lol

    who’s the crash kid now lol!? better get used to this Lewis, in the Mercedes you’ll be fighting Pic and Kartikeyan…

  • Speedo

    It was a sad end to his last race with McLaren due to the idiotic Hulkenberg who did a Perez/Grosjean on Lewis. What was Nico thinking. It was a wet track and he slithered earlier and Lewis overtook him. Lewis came upon a back marker at the turn. He duly braked and stayed behind without trying to overtake on the wet side of the track to let Nico through as he would get him later like in Austin. But smart alec Nico who thought he was in Lewis’ CLASS went for the overtake on the wet side and rammed into Lewis. This brings to mind the commentary in the race at Austin where the commentators said “look at the mid field pack (which included Nico), they are racing as if in GP2, they should watch the video on the race and take a lesson from the guys at the front” unquote. So true. In Austin Lewis drove brilliantly and patiently behind Vettel and when the opportunity came he took it and went on to win. Lewis was careful (as he implied before the race) so as not to go toe to toe so as to cause a collision which would have put Vettel out of the race and behind Alonso in points. What if, it was Vettel and not Lewis who got rammed by Nico. That would have gifted the WDC to Alonso. The haters would gloat on Lewis’ misfortune, chose to be blind to facts and come out with venomous comments. But the fact remains Lewis is a class act and he spices F1 – period. Good luck to Lewis at Mercedes