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Hamilton hoping for USA repeat

Lewis Hamilton heads to America next week hoping to end his recent frustration and repeat his last result Stateside.

In his debut year of 2007, and after a run of five successive podiums without a win to start his Formula One career, Hamilton enjoyed a stunning back-to-back double triumph on the other side of the Atlantic.

As a 22-year-old Hamilton savoured his first success in Montreal, following up a week later with victory at the renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

That was F1's last race in America, a market it has long struggled to crack, with its next attempt now looming large as the sport heads to the purpose-built Circuit of the Americas facility in Austin, Texas.

Hamilton now has two more races to end his days at McLaren with the win he craves, having been forced to retire with a fuel-pressure problem whilst leading for the second time in the last five races in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"I feel if the car drives as well in the USA and Brazil as it did in Abu Dhabi then I will have another shot," Hamilton said.

"So I'm going to go there with the same mentality and enthusiasm in the hope we can win one.

"In particular, after winning the last US Grand Prix, I would love to win the first US Grand Prix on F1's return.

"To be honest I don't think I've ever had a circuit where I've been able to put my name to it as the first person to win.

"I've just never had the car to do it, but perhaps I do now.

"As for Brazil, I've never won there, but again, if the car drives like it did in Abu Dhabi then to win there would be absolutely phenomenal because that (Interlagos) is a track.

"If I won there I don't know how I would handle it."

Hamilton, however, first needs to avoid the reliability issues which have plagued him of late as he endures arguably the worst run on that score of his McLaren career.

The 27-year-old, who was virtually perfect up until his retirement at the Yas Marina circuit, certainly does not want to bow out on the lowest of notes.

He continued: "With what happened yesterday, if I was still racing for the title it would have been even harder to take.

"But it's not as if it's the first time it's happened. I have had plenty of experiences like it in my life so I'm much better equipped to deal with days like that.

"It is a real shame because I was happily in the lead and cruising, and the guys had done a great job - other than the car stopping - throughout the weekend.

"But it is twice now in the last five races that something has happened when I've been leading.

"And apart from India, I have had problems in four of the last five.

"In Singapore we had the gearbox failure, then at Suzuka it was a rear rollbar malfunction before qualifying and in the race.

"In Korea it was a rear rollbar failure, then we had India which was fine and then we had the fuel pressure problem in Abu Dhabi.

"So that's four hardcore difficult weekends when normally we enjoy mega reliability."