Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

This Is for You Mum, Says Lewis; Hamilton Hopes Victory Can Bring a Career Revival

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

This Is for You Mum, Says Lewis; Hamilton Hopes Victory Can Bring a Career Revival

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LEWIS Hamilton is hoping his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix win he dedicated to his mum is now "the start of something good".

In a year littered with incidents and penalties, and with Hamilton admitting to suffering from personal problems, it was a victory he thoroughly deserved to at least ease some of the pressure.

There is no doubting the fact Sebastian Vettel suffered a bizarre puncture just two corners into the 55-lap race played an integral part in his third triumph this season, and 17th of his career.

Beyond that, though, Hamilton was faultless.

There were times when he came under pressure from Fernando Alonso, notably at the second pit stop when Ferrari kept him on the track after Hamilton had pitted, but any concerns were soon shortlived.

As Hamilton crossed the line he delivered a double-clenched fist pump in celebration, and following praise for his drive from race engineer Andy Latham, the 26-year-old replied: "Mega job guys, as usual. I want to dedicate this win to my mum. Happy birthday (on Friday) and thanks for coming out here."

Mum Carmen was equally elated as she said: "I'm so proud, so happy for him.

"It's been a really great weekend. I might start coming to a few more races now." It would appear Hamilton has found a part of the "happy bubble" he talked of earlier this week that has been missing from his life for the last two years, and which team-mate Jenson Button enjoys.

"It is great to be able to win while she's here," said Hamilton in the post-race aftermath. "I feel fantastic, ecstatic, really happy to be back up here (on the top of the podium).

"That was one of my best races, in terms of my own performance, not making any mistakes. I feel I didn't make a single mistake in the race.

"What with the things that have gone on, the pressure I've been under, with the doubt that has surrounded me, I'm just massively proud to have put that kind of performance together, and to have come on out on top. …

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