Austin (Texas), Oct 26 (IANS) Star racer Lewis Hamilton says he is humbled at having equalled childhood hero Ayrton Senna’s record of three Formula One titles.
Hamilton clinched the US Grand Prix here on Sunday, capitalising on an error by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
“The last two times were really climactic in the last race. This one still feels just as special if not more special. It has kind of topped last year for me — it’s equalling Ayrton. It is a very humbling experience to equal Ayrton Senna who inspired me and still does today,” Hamilton was quoted as saying by the BBC on Sunday.
Senna had bagged world titles in 1988, 1990 and 1991.
Hamilton said that he has always wanted to try and emulate Senna, who died of injuries sustained in a crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
“For me the target was always to get the three Ayrton had. I don’t know what’s coming next. There is no-one else I want to equal or emulate,” said Hamilton who now has 43 career victories, two more than Senna.
“I feel like I have the baton now for myself and Ayrton and I will carry it as far as I can and see where I can build it,” the 30-year-old British racer added.
“As a driver you want to win everything you compete in, to perform at your best and hopefully better than everyone else. When you win a title that signifies I guess your greatness and the people around you.”