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20 November 2017, 09:51
Lewis Hamilton has promised to "give it everything" in this weekend's season-ending Abu Dhabi GP as he bids to cap his fourth title-winning year with a 10th victory of 2017.
After confirming his latest title triumph in Mexico three weeks ago, Hamilton insisted he wanted to keep pushing to the end of the season, but lost the chance to fight for victory in Brazil after an uncharacteristic crash in qualifying.
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However, after battling back impressively from the pitlane to fourth place on race-day at Interlagos, the world champion has expressed his determination to finish on a high in F1 2017's 20th and final round.
"I'm going to give it everything in Abu Dhabi," said Hamilton, who has won nine times so far this season.
"It's cool and I'm excited for that. It's obviously an unusual position to be in."
Hamilton had made clear on his arrival in Brazil as this year's world champion that he wanted to avoid a repeat of how his last title-winning campaign, 2015, petered out when he failed to win any of the final three races after clinching the championship.
The Mercedes driver has won on two of F1's last three visits to Abu Dhabi, with both victories coming in title-deciding races.
But while there may not have been the same pressure attached to the race this weekend, Hamilton says he is not longing for the off-season to begin.
"I generally don't like to wish time to go by," he said.
"I'm on the back end of a career, even though it could still be relatively long, so it's easy to wish days to go by and I'm happy for it to take its time.
"I don't wish the winter break was here because before you know it you'll be into the next season and I have a lot on before Christmas."
Who will come out on top in the F1 2017 season finale and take the bragging rights into the winter? Don't miss the Abu Dhabi GP live on Sky Sports F1 on November 26 - lights out for the race is at 1pm. Want to watch but not got Sky F1? Buy a NOW TV pass from £6.99!
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