Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of equalling his idol Ayrton Senna's Formula 1 Grand Prix win record at Singapore this weekend as he hunts a hat-trick of victories to further extend his championship lead.

The reigning F1 champion totally dominated last time out at Monza to claim his 40th race victory and now sits just one win behind Senna and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

If the Brit is to drive his Mercedes to victory in Singapore in his 161st GP start not only will he match Senna's feat in the same number of races, but also take a huge step towards securing a Senna-equalling third world title.

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Hamilton currently holds a 53-point lead in the championship over nearest rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and says he expects the German to come out fighting after suffering the heartache of a mechanical failure in Italy two laps from the chequered flag.

"Monza was an awesome weekend for me, one of the best I've had in Formula One," Hamilton said. "The car this team has built is just incredible and I can't thank them enough for all their hard work.

"Of course, it was a shame for Nico and the crew to have the retirement - but I know he'll bounce back and I'm looking forward to another battle in Singapore."

Hamilton also says the race could be won or lost on Saturday in qualifying due to the tight layout of the Marina Bay street circuit which makes overtaking particularly tricky.

"I've won there twice now, both times from pole, which shows you how important qualifying is," he said. "It won't be easy to make it three, far from it. But I'm riding high right now and I'll be pushing for that hat-trick."

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The downside of this record breaking is people only recognize numbers, number of wins, podium etc... This current formula is so technical and so reliant to the ability of the car than the driver. He may have beaten Rosberg on the same car but Rosberg is never that great and will never be that great, with all the respect to Rosberg, he is not a Prost. So Lewis is winning because there is really no real competition this year, Seb and Ferrari is still so far away, Redbull and Mclaren has problems with their engine supplier.

My point is, if you put Lewis on the MP4-30, he won't be doing any better than Button, cause Button matched him in Mclaren before. That is why VR46's claim as GOAT is more credible than any F1 Champions, because in MotoGP, the Rider can make big difference, like Stoner and Marquez, in F1, they just have to thank the car.

richard: wow. different times, different cars, etc. so it is certainly not too hard to get more wins than a previous champion. it still will not make lulu great. there have been great drivers in the past who only ever won a few gps, and lulu comes nowhere near being as well thought of as those.[\blockquote]

See the assessment in Autosport for British F1 champions - he's only 3rd behind Stewart and Clark (I didn't agree with their placing JYS above Clark, though.)