After qualifying on pole for the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has revealed that a race-worn helmet of his idol Ayrton Senna, gifted him by the Brazilian’s family stands in pride-of-place in his Monaco apartment.
Senna is a driver that the Briton has idolised since his karting years. Indeed his own yellow helmet (at one point in his career) was inspired by the late F1 World Champion.
Since then Hamilton revealed, “I live in an apartment in Monaco so I don’t have a lot of space for trophies but I definitely have space for that. Maybe my table centrepiece in my living room so it’s the first thing you see when you come in.”
“As a kid, I’d come home and I’d say if I’m really lucky and I get to Formula 1, I want to emulate Ayrton. The fact that I have now reached him in that area, I just can’t believe it. I honestly can’t believe it.
“I remember coming home from school and putting on the videotape, so it’s really strange to think that now I’m here and I have that many poles.”
“I just want to say a big thank you. My family are hopefully watching. My dad just got an international award yesterday for his amazing rowing machine designs, so a big congratulations dad.”
“A big thank you to all my family. While I’m standing here at the track, the work they put in behind is more than you can imagine, and I know,” added Hamilton who is targeting