Hamilton hopeful of regaining F1 title in 2011

London : British Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton believes that a full winter testing programme alongside team-mate Jenson Button will be key to McLaren`s championship title hopes in 2011.

"Jenson will have a positive influence on our development over the winter. His arrival made us a stronger team and I think our joint input helped us to stay in the hunt until the very end. We already have our eye on both titles in 2011," the Sun quoted Hamilton, as saying.

Hamilton was one of four drivers to go into Sunday`s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a chance of becoming world champion.

The title ultimately went to Red Bull`s Sebastian Vettel after the challenges of Hamilton, Ferrari`s Fernando Alonso and Vettel`s teammate Mark Webber faded.