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Hamilton: Achieved childhood dreams of being Senna



Hamilton: Achieved childhood dreams of being Senna and Superman

Hamilton: Achieved childhood dreams of being Senna and Superman (Images © AFP)

Lewis Hamilton wrapped up his third Formula 1 world championship. He had an outstanding race start, brilliantly overtook teammate Nico Rosberg on the turn 1, while he fall back and lead handed to Daniel Ricciardo for a while.

The Red Bull could not survive a dominant Mercedes, though; again Rosberg led the race, eight laps from the end Nico made mistake, allowing lead to his teammate. The Brit, wonderfully managed and took US GP and clinched his third world title.

Hamilton thanked his team, his family and his fans after his triumph and, wearing a union flag as a cape, he quoted as saying by BBC Sport – “felt like he had achieved his childhood dreams of being Ayrton Senna and Superman.”

“It’s difficult to find the words really. I owe it all to my dad and family who supported me all these years and sacrificed so much,” Hamilton said following the race. “It’s a very humbling experience, especially to equal Ayrton Senna [on three world titles] – I feel very blessed today.

“It’s the greatest moment of my life. I pushed and pushed – I hope I can inspire people to never give up. It’s just crazy to think I’m now a three-time world champion.”

“Today so many times I thought I had lost the race,” the Brit added.

“Nico was really quick in stages, he pitted under the Virtual Safety Car…but never for one second did I think I couldn’t do it.

“I’m buzzing inside… I can’t find the right words to express the feeling but it’s the greatest I’ve had in my life. Nico drove a fantastic race, mad respect for him as a team mate. I just can’t believe I’m sitting here. To my family, I love you. To the team, thank you so much – I’m overdue a drink with the team!”

Hamilton’s success puts him on an equivalence with five other triple champions – Sir Jackie Stewart, Nelson Piquet, Jack Brabham, Niki Lauda and his childhood hero Ayrton Senna.

“I hope he feels as I felt many years ago,” Lauda told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Jennie Gow straight after the race. “He did a perfect job and will be happy.”

Lewis’ Pit radio

“That’s the greatest moment of my life.” Lewis Hamilton got rather weepy as he crossed the line and his team immediately grabbed the radio to tell him he was a three-time world champion. The sobs were audible, and then he gathered himself enough to tell his family that he loves them.


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