Lewis Hamilton said it would be a “salute” to his hero Ayrton Senna if he were able to score his first Brazilian Grand Prix victory this weekend.
Hamilton equalled Senna’s achievement of three world championship titles this year and surpassed his tally of 41 career wins, but has never won Senna’s home race in Brazil. He finished second year after spinning which vying with team mate Nico Rosberg for the victory.
“This was the home race for Ayrton, so it was a dream of mine to race in Sao Paulo when I was younger and I always feel his presence when I’m there,” said Hamilton. “He was such a huge hero in Brazil and it’s humbling that I always get such a warm response there.”
“It’s amazing to think that it took Ayrton eight attempts to win this race and it’s one of the few I haven’t yet won myself. If I can change that this weekend it would be a salute to him and another highlight to add to this amazing year, so I’ll be going all out to make that happen.”
“The Brazilian people are so passionate, fun and outgoing,” Hamilton added. “It’s a vibrant country, full of colour, and somewhere that’s quite special to me.”
2015 Brazilian Grand Prix
- Verstappen takes third Driver of the Weekend win
- The 2015 turn-off goes on in Brazil
- Ericsson contact was a racing incident – Maldonado
- Williams drops Massa appeal on cost grounds
- Was Brazil more proof F1’s overtaking gimmicks aren’t working any more?