SAO PAULO, Brazil, Monday November 26, 2012 – Lewis Hamilton signed off on a mixed career at McLaren with huge disappointment on Sunday, retiring from the Brazilian Grand Prix following a collision as Sebastian Red Bull was crowned Formula One drivers champion.
The 27-year-old, who will drive for Mercedes GP from next season, led after 44 laps but was put out of the contest by Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg who crashed into the Brit as he tried to overtake for the lead.
For Hamilton, the result would have been a huge blow especially after he started on pole and with a superb opportunity to end his drought at Interlagos at a critical turning point of his career.
“It was a little bit unfortunate. The dude (Hulkenberg) didn’t even say sorry so that says a lot,” Hamilton said afterward.
“That’s what happens when you race with the less experienced. I feel OK and I feel happy for the team to get the win.”
Hamilton’s teammate Jenson Button took the chequered flag, ahead of the Ferrari pair of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa who were first and second respectively.
Vettel finished sixth but garnered enough points to finish on 281 points and stay three ahead of Alonso who entered the final day of the F1 season second in the points standings.
Hamilton, who shot to prominence in 2007 and then became the first Black and the youngest driver to win the drivers’ title the following year, admitted he was going through a range of feelings.
“It’s mixed emotions at the moment. We were leading and we didn’t get to see through the race. I always like to see through the race,” said Hamilton whose paternal grandparents are from Grenada.
“Then, I’m also excited for the future. Having a new start next year and then hopefully, at some stage, I’ll have a little bit of luck.”
Hamilton finished fourth in the standings on 190 points, 17 behind Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen who was tenth on Sunday. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)