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Hamilton positive after Nicole get-together
Lewis Hamilton says he will look back on a trying season as a "year of growth" from which he will emerge stronger in the future.
The McLaren driver has had a topsy-turvy year marked by three wins and a number of on and off-track incidents.
"In future I will look back on this year and smile and say: 'I needed that,'" Hamilton said ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
"I've grown up a lot this year and I want to take it into next year."
“The last few days have been really positive. I'm excited to be here and be starting afresh. There's no reason why this can't be the start of something”
He spent some time in Los Angeles with his former girlfriend, the pop singer Nicole Scherzinger, and was wearing a necklace she had given him as a gift.
From LA, he said, he went on to New York, where he also spent some time with the R&B singer Mary J Blige.
"I'm coming off a positive two weeks," Hamilton said. 'The last few days have been really positive. I'm excited to be here and be starting afresh. There's no reason why this can't be the start of something."
"I was talking to a friend just recently who is very wise and I said it's been a difficult year, and he said it's not been a difficult year, it's been a year of growth, which I thought was one of the most positive things I've heard."
He added: "There's not been one particular biggest problem, you're learning all the way through.
"This year it has been a mixture of things, I don't really want to talk about it because it's done and dusted, it's happened, I feel positive about where I am right now and where I'm going. It's nothing to do with the win, it's about life.
"I've got a great job, a great family and I've neglected that a little bit."
The 26-year-old said he felt he would go into 2012 stronger as a result of his difficulties this season.
Hamilton's incidents in 2011
- Picks up drive-through penalty for making more than one change of direction to defend position
- Given two drive-through penalties for clashes with Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Massa
- Collides with Mark Webber and team-mate Jenson Button, the latter incident forcing him to retire from race
- Bangs wheels with Maldonado in qualifying and then hits Kamui Kobayashi in the race, sending his McLaren flying into the barrier
- Has minor brush with Massa in qualifying before colliding with the Brazilian in the race
- given three-place grid penalty for ignoring waved caution flags
"I think I will do," Hamilton said. "I can't say I'm there yet, but when I get to the winter and reflect on the whole season, I am definitely a lot wiser than when I started this season."
Hamilton lies fifth in the championship
heading into the final race of the season, but has an outside chance of overhauling Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Mark Webber for third or fourth place behind dominant world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull.
However, Hamilton cannot catch Button, who is the first team-mate ever to beat him over a season.
When Button joined McLaren two years ago he talked about relishing the "challenge" of taking on Hamilton in the same car, and has since described him as "one of the fastest drivers ever to race in F1".
But on Thursday Button played down the importance of beating Hamilton on points this season.
"If we were fighting for the world championship and one of us came out on top it would be a very special feeling," Button said, "but we're not in that position right now.
"For me, I'm happy with what I've achieved this year, in terms of getting the best out of the car. Japan really stands out as being a great race. But also some other races that we haven't been able to win.
"It's not so much about whether you beat your team-mate over a whole season because so many things can happen, reliability issues, incidents that maybe aren't your fault.
"If you clinch the title it makes a big difference, when you're fighting for second it's not quite the same."
The biggest threat to Button's second place is Alonso, who is 10 points adrift of the McLaren driver in third.
But Alonso said he was not interested in whether he finished second, third or fourth - although he did acknowledge that finishing ahead of drivers in faster cars than him would mean something.
"It is good for me, self-confidence, knowing we finish the season better than some other guys who are behind me with more competitive cars," the Spaniard said.
"We are nearly 300 points behind Red Bull (in the constructors' championship) and 130 points behind McLaren and even with that I am still ahead of Webber and Hamilton.
"But in two weeks' time no one will remember this. The important thing is to work for next year and be the first in the championship in the November next year."
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