Lewis Hamilton Reveals Track Marshall’s Cheeky Senna Observation After His Brazilian GP Qualifying Surprise

Published 11/12/2021, 3:28 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after finishing first in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


What a surprising turn of event at Sao Paulo as Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for the sprint session on Saturday. It has been a while since we’ve seen the reigning champion on pole, and it’s a spot he seems to have missed a lot as well.

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In a post-qualifying interview after the session, an exhilarated Hamilton seemed to have drawn his luck from his F1 hero; a circuit marshall seemed to have thought so too. Hamilton said, One of the marshalls said to me that I should use Senna more often. Because I have got this pole after such a long time.”

 

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Hailing the national hero’s colors along with his trademark black and purple, the Brazilian GP has been a special one for Hamilton in the past and looks to be another special weekend for the driver.

If Ayrton Senna is the lucky charm this weekend, the champion’s presence fills the Interlagos this weekend; even the five-place grid penalty incurred will not impede Hamilton’s shot at victory in Brazil.

New ICE fitting behind lucky Lewis Hamilton

What could be the reason behind Lewis Hamilton’s change of luck? The Senna helmet or the new ICE? According to his rival, it’s the fresh component of the W12.

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The Silver Arrows’ pace didn’t shock Max Verstappen; he acknowledged that pace was definitely there, all because of the new ICE fitted in the car. “When they take a new engine they have a bit more power for the weekend.”

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

On the other hand, Hamilton enjoyed the feeling of being a pole-sitter again. “I feel really grateful, it’s crazy because it’s been a while so it feels like the first.”

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Although Hamilton will take a five-place drop, the championship contenders have three points in the sprint race up for grabs. In a battle where “every point counts” has been chanted like a mantra, Saturday at Sao Paulo will be no different. And with a championship battle this intense, a little extra luck couldn’t hurt.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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