Super Lewis Hamilton Wins in Abu DhabiNovember 13th, 2011
What a fantastic race by Lewis Hamilton! Lewis has been very fast all weekend and was unlucky to miss out on pole position yesterday but performed superbly today, which is when it really mattered. A very strong performance by Lewis keeping Alonso behind him for most of the race.
Very glad things are looking up for Lewis. Another strong result in Brazil would be great to end the season on a high.
Lewis Hamilton’s comments after the race:
This result is just fantastic. I’m usually my own biggest critic – I’m always hard on myself when I make mistakes – but I really felt like I maximised everything today. To be able to sustain that kind of pace, under constant pressure, and not make mistakes, is really satisfying.
For most of the race I was concentrating on managing the gap to Fernando [Alonso]. He’s such a strong driver. He’ll never give you an inch, in fact. Into the closing laps I found myself beginning to think about victory, but I didn’t want to do that really so I kept saying to myself: ‘Don’t even go there!’
It worked: I stopped my mind from wandering and I didn’t allow myself to think about the win until I’d crossed the line.
To have Jenson on the podium alongside me was great – great for me, great for him, great for the team, and a great boost as we move towards the end of the season. The team has been fantastic all weekend – the strategy, the pitstops, everything – really top-class. The whole package came together today and I owe everyone a big thank-you.
This is so uplifting – for the team and for me. To be able to walk away with a smile feels just fantastic: victory is good for the soul.