Lewis Hamilton says Ayrton Senna F1's greatest-ever icon
Five-time world champion on his memories of his racing hero
By James Galloway and Matt Morlidge
Last Updated: 01/05/19 3:50pm
Lewis Hamilton has described Ayrton Senna as the "most iconic driver" in Formula 1 history, as the sport remembers the Brazilian legend 25 years on from his passing.
May 1 marks the anniversary of F1's harrowing 1994 San Marino GP when Senna and Roland Ratzenberger died in accidents during the Imola weekend.
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Hamilton was nine years old at the time and names Senna as his racing hero.
"I grew up watching videos of him. He's the most iconic driver we've had," said Hamilton, F1's reigning world champion.
"He was the most iconic individual, a real leader and a master of his craft."
At the 2017 Canadian GP, Hamilton spoke of his emotion at matching Senna's total of 65 pole positions, while the Englishman was recently compared to the Brazilian by former F1 driver Gerhard Berger.
"[Senna] was the driver who inspired me as a kid and he's still a hero today. And he always will be," added Hamilton.
"It's definitely a bit of both [personality and on-track that inspired him]. What he stood for. I didn't really know his personality so much so it was more what he stood up for, what he stood up against and what he was able to do in a car that I loved to see."
F1's Senna tributes
I remember sitting next to my Dad and watching you on the TV from the age 4 or 5. Ayrton, the way you raced captivated me from the beginning and drew me closer to this sport. You are a pure, out-and-out racer, a true master, a hero. You will live on for eternity 📷 @MSI_Images pic.twitter.com/QXhYJUtJBl— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) May 1, 2019
Remembering Senna on Sky Sports
Sky Sports F1 is re-airing four special Senna features, first shown in 2014, which will run on the channel from Wednesday in tribute to the Brazilian great:
Senna: Journalists Special
F1 legend Murray Walker plus leading journalists Maurice Hamilton and David Tremayne join Simon Lazenby to look back over the Brazilian's legendary career.
Wednesday: 11am, 2.45pm
Prost on Senna
Alain Prost, Senna's most famous rival and former team-mate, speaks candidly about his relationship with the Brazilian.
Wednesday: 12pm, 5.30pm
The Last Team-Mate
Damon Hill and David Brabham, Senna and Ratzenberger's respective team-mates for 1994, return to Imola to relive F1's fateful weekend.
Wednesday: 12.30pm, 3.45pm, 10pm
Ted's Senna Notebook
A Notebook special from the McLaren Technology Centre, as Ted Kravitz wanders around all six of Senna's McLaren cars from 1988 to 1993 - including his three title-winning challengers.
Wednesday: 1.30pm, 8pm, 11.30pm
Thursday: 6.35pm, 9.30pm
Senna Classic Races
Relive some of three-time world champion's most famous performances.
Portuguese GP 1985 - 2pm, Wednesday
British GP 1988 - 4.45pm, Wednesday
Japanese GP 1988 - 7.05pm, Wednesday
Brazilian GP 1991 - 9pm, Wednesday
Monaco GP 1993 - 7.05pm, Thursday
Spanish GP 1986 - 9pm Thursday
US GP 1990 - 9pm, Friday
European GP 1993 - 9.30pm, Friday
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