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.
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.”