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Hamilton wants to see out career at McLaren

Speaking ahead of the British GP, Lewis Hamilton says he has genuine affection for the team that has supported his rise to stardom.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, Silverstone
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2007 11:06 PM IST

Britain's world championship leader Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday he wants to stay at McLaren for his whole career.

The 22-year-old rookie leads the championship after finishing on the podium in each of the eight Formula One races he has started.

And speaking ahead of Sunday's British Grand Prix he told reporters of the genuine affection he has for the team that has supported his rapid rise to stardom.

"I couldn't imagine working anywhere else," Hamilton said.

"I am obviously very passionate about driving a Formula one car, and there is a lot of emotion there (at McLaren) because I have grown up with them."

"You go to the factory and it is perfect the way things are run, the people there, the mechanics; I love everyone at the team and enjoy working with them."

Hamilton was just nine-years-old when he approached McLaren boss Ron Dennis and told him he would love to race for his team.

Since then Dennis and McLaren have provided guidance and financial backing and Hamilton, 14 points clear of his nearest rival Spanish teammate Fernando Alonso, is now paying them back richly.

"I have a great feeling in the team. I feel happy to see out my career here because I am passionate about this team," Hamilton added.

McLaren have certainly been the most impressive team overall this season but it was Ferrari that came out on top last weekend in Magny-Cours, claiming a 1-2 finish through Finn Kimi Raikkonen and Brazilian Felipe Massa.

But Hamilton is not concerned by the Ferrari challenge and as he looks forward to his home race he insists McLaren will be back on the pace at Silverstone.

"I'm not worried about the Ferraris. Sure they'll be competitive but I don't think you should ever underestimate our pace and we'll just try and do the best job we can. The game plan is always to win," he said.

"I love to come home and race in my country. To come to my first Grand Prix in my home country, at a British team, and to be leading the World Championship, it couldn't be any better."

For Alonso this weekend is a chance to cut the gap between himself and his teammate. The double defending world champion admits that he is hoping for some better fortune after finishing seventh in France last Sunday.

"The goal is to win all the races and at the moment I had only the luck to win two races and hopefully this is the third one," he said.

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