“He Faced Alone, a System” – Lewis Hamilton Pays Tribute to His ‘Greatest Inspiration’ Ayrton Senna

Published 11/12/2021, 3:27 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference after finishing the Mexico City Grand Prix in second place FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna are two icons of the Formula One world. On many occasions, the 7-time world champion has mentioned that Senna is the reason he got interested in racing. He has called the Brazilian legend as his hero in life.

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As the sport heads to the Brazilian GP this weekend, Hamilton took to social media to pay tribute to his hero. He mentioned he looks up to the former driver as a racer and as a person as well.

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“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 @oficialayrtonsenna’s legacy live on forever, especially vibrant this weekend.” said Hamilton.

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Lewis Hamilton recalls the day Ayrton Senna passed away

As reported by Sky Sports, Lewis Hamilton mentioned he remembers the day his hero Senna passed away on 1 May 1994. The Mercedes driver stated he channeled his sadness into his driving.

“I remember that day, I was racing at Rye House in karting. My dad had a red Vauxhall Cavalier, and we had a white box trailer with a gas heater shoved at the deep end of the trailer. I was helping my dad fix the car.” said Hamilton.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

“Someone told him that Ayrton had died and I remember I had to walk away from my dad because my dad would never let me cry in front of him. I had to go to a different place, and it was not so easy.”

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“But I remember trying to challenge that sadness into my driving and I think I won that weekend. But the following weeks were very tough.” said the 7-time world champion.

Hamilton continues to break records in Formula One, despite his hero not being alive to witness it. But in a way, Senna’s legacy lives on with Lewis’s performances and tributes to the three-time world champion.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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