Lewis Hamilton insists he is not dwelling on the prospect of going level with his hero Ayrton Senna on the all-time F1 winners' list ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, saying he prefers to think he is 'carrying the baton' for the late racing legend instead.

One more win will see Hamilton draw level with Senna - and Sebastian Vettel - for third position on the all-time winners' list with 41 victories, behind only Michael Schumacher (91) and Alain Prost (51).

It is a milestone that is generating publicity ahead of the annual Singapore night race, but it is one that the Mercedes driver maintains he is not thinking about in favour of simply focusing on an eighth win of the season around the Marina Bay street circuit.

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Playing down the gravity of the feat by saying Senna would have surely gone on to win more races and championships had he not been killed during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, Hamilton instead prefers to approach it as a chance to continue the Brazilian's legacy.

"I am not approaching this weekend thinking that if I win this race I will equal him," he said. "It doesn't matter if it is this weekend, next weekend or the weekend after, I will eventually have the same number of wins as Ayrton.

"If Ayrton had been able to continue, he would have won many more races and many more championships, so I think I am carrying the baton for both of us and striving to win more for the both of us. I think if he was around, we would be friends."

Hamilton also stands to go level with Senna for the record of consecutive pole positions in Singapore this weekend if he can claim his eighth qualifying win on Saturday.

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The only person with a bigger ego than Senna is Hamilton, so I can bet all my worldly possessions they would have detested each other. Anyhow, Senna wasn't the wannabe rap star type Hamilton is.