Lewis Hamilton was clearly surprised and emotional as he was handed a race-worn helmet of his idol Ayrton Senna, moments after he claimed pole position in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix, and thus matched the Brazilian legend’s record of 65 Formula 1 top spot starts.
It was a gesture by Senna’s family, to honour Hamilton matching the achievement of Ayrton who the Briton has idolised since his karting years. Indeed his own yellow helmet was based on that of the Brazilian.
Afterwards Hamilton shared his emotions, “I live in an apartment in Monaco so I don’t have a lot of space for trophies but I definitely have space for that. Maybe my table centerpiece in my living room so it’s the first thing you see when you come in.”
“As a kid I’d come home and I’d say if I’m really lucky and I get to Formula 1, I want to emulate Ayrton. The fact that I have now reached him in that area, I just can’t believe it. I honestly can’t believe it.
“I remember coming home from school and putting on the video tape, so it’s really strange to think that now I’m here and I have that many poles.”
“I just want to say a big thank you. My family are hopefully watching. My dad just got an international award yesterday for his amazing rowing machine designs, so a big congratulations dad.”
“A big thank you to all my family. While I’m standing here at the track, the work they put in behind is more than you can imagine, and I know,” added Hamilton who will be targeting his sixth Canadian Grand Prix victory.