Hamilton gears for McLaren exit

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he has had an emotional farewell from the McLaren engineers at the team’s Woking base ahead of the 2012 Indian Grand Prix on Sunday (5/1 Hamilton – Indian GP outright – race winner).

With just four races of the season remaining in India, Abu Dhabi, the USA and Brazil, the 27-year-old has said goodbye to the team at the UK-based factory.

Hamilton will join up with Mercedes next term having signed a three-year deal with the German outfit and has admitted he will look back on his time with his former team with fond memories.

He told The Sun: “I’m massively proud to have worked for McLaren for so long.

“I remember the day I first went to the old McLaren factory when I was 13.

“I’ve spent half my life at McLaren. The team, the cars, the place, the people – they’ll always be special to me.”

Hamilton’s chances of winning the world drivers’ championship took major blows in both Korea and Japan in the last two meetings and the Englishman will have to watch on, as the likes of Fernando Alonso and defending champion Sebastian Vettel (11/10 Indian GP outright) compete for the title this season.

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