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Hamilton eyes big 2011



31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

After finishing the Formula One season fourth on the drivers' standings, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is aiming for a bigger and better 2011.

German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel claimed his maiden world title on Sunday with victory in Abu Dhabi, meaning Hamilton lost his mantle as the youngest ever Formula One world champion.

Vettel was 23 years and four months old on Sunday, five months younger than Hamilton was when he clinched his first and only world championship in Brazil in 2008.

But Hamilton is not concerned at losing his place in the history books, insisting he is relieved the 2010 season had concluded and has set his sights on a strong 2011 campaign.

"I am happy and relieved that it is over," Hamilton said. "We gave it our best shot - especially towards the end."

"I think Jenson (Button, McLaren team-mate) and I ended the season on a high, clinching (second place) in the constructors' championship, so we all go home quite satisfied."

"I am looking forward to next year and I'm hoping that our car will be even better, and we will be able to fight with these guys right from the very first race."

"We are all looking forward to next season and, before that, to the winter break and Christmas."

Hamilton was full of praise for Vettel and the Red Bull team, although he said he was surprised it took them until the season's final day to clinch the title

"I think everybody was surprised, because they had the fastest car all season long," Hamilton said. "They've done a fantastic job."

"They've won the constructors' championship and have ended on top in the drivers' championship. At the end of the day the quickest team won and we will try to do a better job next year."

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