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    IN WORDS: I Gave It Everything, Every Lap - Lewis Lewis Hamilton says he gave...

Lewis Hamilton says he gave it everything during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after signing off his Championship-winning season with second place.

'It was pretty much perfect'

Lewis lined up second on the grid, maintained his position at the start and briefly led during the pit stop sequence, before putting team-mate Valtteri Bottas under pressure for victory in the final stint.

While the Brit may have narrowly missed out on ending the 2017 Formula One season with a race win, he admitted the weekend was close to perfection for the Silver Arrows.

"A big congratulations to Valtteri, he did an amazing job today to hold me off," he said. "I just gave it everything, every single lap.

"It's very, very hard to overtake here, so once I got to the last sector, I struggled. It was great to have the race that we had.

"We both made one mistake in the whole race, a lock-up for me in Turn 17 and one for him in Turn 5. But, otherwise, it was pretty much perfect, and obviously with that pressure he did exceptional.

"For me, it feels like a win for all of us. It's a 1-2 for Mercedes and a strong win against Ferrari this weekend. Going into next season, it's back to business, but I'm excited for the challenge ahead."

'I'm looking forward to the tough battles'

Lewis believes the second half of the season, where he was able to exploit the maximum from himself and the car more consistently, was the key turning point of his year.

"The first half of the season was a little bit up and down in terms of extracting the maximum performance from the car," he explained.

"Then, in the second half, understanding the balance, hitting the nail on the head most weekends and getting to the point of exploiting the car and my potential on a consistent basis was really the turning point for me.

"Often in a difficult race, you're applying the pressure, hoping that you can squeeze a little bit of a mistake from the driver ahead.

"I would say it's the same with the team: you're pushing right to the limit and squeezing every drop from the car, yet you've got to make it go quite a long distance in terms of life and reliability.

"That's where Ferrari was not the same as Mercedes.  Nonetheless I'm looking forward to the tough battles that we're going to have next year."

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