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Hamilton insists he has no regrets
Lewis Hamilton has conceded he was surprised by McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh's comments last week that questioned his move to Mercedes.
When asked whether he felt Hamilton was regretting his decision to leave the team he has been with for 14 years to sign a £45million, three-year contract with the German giants, Whitmarsh replied: "I think he has on occasions, yes. I hope he thinks he's made an awful mistake, and I hope he thinks that next year."
Asked as to how he felt about the remarks, Hamilton said: "I was a little bit surprised to hear it, but it (regret) is absolutely not the case. I've a great team, I've been with them such a long time, and I'm sure everyone has emotions within the team. But I'm still here, giving 100 per cent to them for the last two races, and of course it's quite emotional for me. But I'm very, very happy with the decision I've made."
The decision may well be one Hamilton regrets in time, especially if Mercedes, fighting to hold on to fifth position in the constructors' championship, are unable to forge their way to the front.
As Hamilton sat behind Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, he was asked how much he would love to be in their position in fighting to become a three-time world champion, and to express how much respect he has for them at present.
As someone who will depart McLaren with only one title to his name in six years with the team, the question likely hit a raw nerve.
Hamilton drew in a deep breath before giving a diplomatic, considered opinion as he said: "It goes without saying they are two of the best here. What they've achieved is incredible, with the rest of us aspiring to try to do the same.
"They're both incredibly professional, and it's amazing to see how focused they are considering how much pressure is on them, but they are both world champions and they're handling it, no problem.
"As for me, it is what it is. I'm happy to be here fighting in the last two races with my team.
"I just want to do the best job and try to still fight with them, even though we are not fighting for championship."