Hamilton: Ayrton Senna my greatest inspiration

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Lewis Hamilton paid the ultimate tribute to Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna on the eve of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix where the spirit of the late great Brazilian driver looms large over Interlagos this weekend.

In a Tweet with a poignant photo-montage depicting Hamilton walking together with Senna towards the grid and start-straight at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, with it the seven-time F1 World Champion wrote: “My greatest inspiration. It was the way he raced, his passion for life and for the sport.

“But more than anything it was the way he faced alone a system that wasn’t always kind to him. May Aryton Senna’s legacy live on forever, especially vibrant this weekend.”

Like his idol Senna, Hamilton raced with a yellow helmet throughout his junior career, his years with McLaren and early years with Mercedes. This weekend he unveiled a special helmet for the 2021 running of the race in Brazil.

Hamilton told reporters ahead of the next three days in Brazil: “In terms of the legacy he’s left Formula 1, that still stands. He is still viewed as one of the greatest drivers of all time. He really did move a whole nation and I’m not aware of another driver that’s really, really done that to that extent, maybe [Juan Manuel] Fangio has.

“If you look at Princess Diana when she passed away, how many people came out that day, it was pretty the same when Ayrton passed and that was pretty huge for the country, but also people around the world,” added Hamilton, winner of 100 Grand Prix races.

Last month Hamilton told CNN: “My dream was always to do something like Ayrton Senna.”