F1: Hamilton looks ahead to 2011’s final two grands prix
PUBLISHED: 18:52 31 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:26 13 November 2011
FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has turned his attentions to the final two races of a disappointing 2011 season following his latest controversial clash with Ferrari rival Felipe Massa in India.
2011 Grand Prix of India result
1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2 Jenson Button (McLaren)
3 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
4 Mark Webber (Red Bull)
5 Michael Schumacher (Mercedes)
6 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
7 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
8 Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso)
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ace and Brazilian Massa collided on lap 24 of Sunday’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the impressive Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, near New Delhi.
Massa was slapped with a drive-through penalty by race stewards for causing a collision.
Herts-born Hamilton, meanwhile, was forced into the pits for a new nosecone after the incident.
He eventually finished the race a distant seventh, as double F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel claimed his 11th victory of the season for Red Bull.
After also being hit with a three-place grid penalty in India, Hamilton is looking to finish the season strongly in next month’s 2011 Abu Dhabi GP at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13 and the season-concluding Brazilian race at Interlagos, Sao Paulo, on Sunday, November 27.
Hamilton currently sits fifth in the FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship on 202 points – 38 behind McLaren colleague Jenson Button.
He’s 25 behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and also 19 adrift of fourth-placed Mark Webber.
“It’s been an eventful year, but there are more races ahead and I’ll try to score as many world championship points as possible in both of them,” said the 26-year-old from Hertfordshire.
Hamilton’s team secured second place in the 2011 Constructors’ World Championship on Sunday.
Martin Whitmarsh, the team principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, is looking to finish the season in style.
On finishing behind Red Bull in the constructors’ standings, Whitmarsh said: “It’s always our aim to go one better than that – to win – and second isn’t good enough, but we’re pleased to have consolidated that position nonetheless.
“Next, we go to Abu Dhabi, and then to Brazil, and we at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will be doing our utmost to win both those grands prix.”
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