"I was giving it everything. I had nothing really to lose. The car seemed to handle it quite well," said Hamilton, who will be racing one of his last grand prix for McLaren
before moving to Mercedes in 2013.
Today will be Vettel's 100th career grand prix start. Along the way, he's picked up 26 career victories and learned how to close out a tight championship race.
Vettel won the 2010 title with a victory from the pole in the final race at Abu Dhabi, making him the youngest F1 world champion in history. He came back to dominate the circuit in 2011 with 11 victories and won the championship by 122 points.
This season has been much tighter, but a surge of four consecutive victories and a third-place finish two weeks ago put Vettel in position to claim another title.
Alonso has acknowledged Vettel has the faster car but insists he can push the championship to Brazil. Alonso started in a similar position in Abu Dhabi before finishing second.
"It's still possible," Alonso said. "Tomorrow I will try to do better and recover some places. We will push to the limit, as have done since the start of every year and every