Hamilton: Brazil win would be a 'salute' to Senna

Lewis Hamilton says that delivering a maiden Brazilian Grand Prix victory this weekend would be a perfect 'salute' to his hero Ayrton Senna.

Despite now matching Senna's tally of three world titles, and eclipsing his number of race wins, Hamilton has yet to triumph in Brazil.

Having expressed special emotions in the past about racing at Interlagos, Hamilton is well aware of how much a win would mean to him.

"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," explained 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."

Rivalry helping team

Although the world championship battle between Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg is over, the evidence from Mexico is that the intensity of their fight for race victories has not lessened at all.

While that means some tough times for team management, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff thinks the situation is one that helps the outfit rather than hurts it.

"The rivalry like we have between Lewis and Nico is great for the sport, great for the team and great for the drivers themselves," he said. "They are pushing each other harder and harder, pushing the team forward with them and providing a fascinating story.

"Of course, they are never without pressure from rivals further afield. Ferrari had a bad weekend in Mexico but they will no doubt be a threat in Brazil - as will Williams after another podium finish last time out. This [Brazil] is a race which often brings surprises and never fails to entertain."

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Series Formula 1
Event Brazilian GP
Track Interlagos
Drivers Lewis Hamilton
Teams Mercedes
Article type Breaking news