Lewis Hamilton holds onto hope for 2011 title

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Lewis Hamilton is displaying his true optimistic character by stating that he believes he may have what takes to regain the Formula One drivers' title next year.

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Hamilton missed out on the title this year after starting a slow decline in performance half-way through the season.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel managed to pick up his first title, and it doing so he usurped Hamilton to the record of being the sport's youngest ever champion.

The 23-years-old German driver managed to finish ahead of his favoured team-mate Mark Webber, following an extremely tense and climactic final race in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton only managed to finish fourth in the 2010 season, he came in behind Vettel, Webber and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Despite his poor showing in the latter stages of this season, the 2008 world champion remains hopeful that he can vastly improve his performance in next season's competition.

“We already have our eye on both titles for 2011," said the young British driver. "We can be even more competitive than in 2010.

"We learned a lot as a team and I developed as a driver - that will stand us in good stead for next season."

Hamilton is looking to the future, and says that he has built a solid foundation on which to perform with his team-mate Jenson Button. The McClaren driver also praised his the organisation and atmosphere that had been achieved within his team during this season.

"It's just a feeling that we learned a lot as a team this year - we had a very positive atmosphere within the organisation from the start of the year, and we only built on that during the season," said Hamilton.

"I think Jenson will be have a very positive influence on our development over the winter so that we can start testing the new car very aggressively when testing resumes in February."

Paddy Power and Stan James offer 5/2 odds that newly-crowned champion Sebastian Vettel will go on to win next year's F1 drivers' title, while BlueSQ set their odds at 11/4.

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