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F1 United States Grand Prix: No let-up in motivation as Hamilton emulates Senna

Lewis Hamilton says there is no risk of his motivation abating despite achieving his lifelong objective to match Ayrton Senna's three F1 titles.
Lewis Hamilton says he has no concerns about finding additional motivation to extend his winning streak in F1 despite achieving his lifelong objective to match his idol Ayrton Senna in winning three world titles.

A tenth win of the season in the United States Grand Prix saw Hamilton put the 2015 F1 title out of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg's reach with three races still to go, the Englishman establishing himself as the third 'winningest' driver in F1 history and only the tenth person to win a trio of world titles.

Also the first British driver to successfully defend his world title, Hamilton's three championships significantly bring him into line with his hero Senna, a feat that hasn't been lost on him.

“For me it was always to get the three that Ayrton had. Of course, he wasn't from the same country as me but he was the guy that inspired me as a youngster. I don't know where it's going next. There is no-one else I look to, that I want to equal or emulate now.

“I feel like I've got the baton now for myself and Ayrton and I'm going to carry it as far as I can, as strong as I can and keep building and see where I take it.”

Despite ticking off a significant life goal, Hamilton maintains that it won't prompt a dip in motivation, insisting he will be just as hungry to win when the F1 heads to Mexico next week.

“The motivation part is really easy, I was born with it so it doesn't go away,” he continued. “I don't feel any worries about that, winning is winning, it never gets old. Obviously I still have the motivation for the next race, I want to win the next race. Everything I compete in, I want to win. I don't feel the need to go search for motivation at all.”


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Jim Clausen

October 26, 2015 1:59 PM

Hamilton has achieved a lot. He will probably achieve much more, but he really should knock off the Senna comparisons. We'll never know how he would match up with Senna on the track. As for a person, no comparison! One seems to have a continual need for the public's attention, the other more or less shunned attention.

SkidCarrera

October 26, 2015 4:40 PM

If Lewis wins 10 titles he will still lack the humility, courage and charisma which made Senna revered the world over. That's what ensured his status as a legend and a role model for all those to come, as much as his on-track results.



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