Formula 1: Hamilton seeks Senna-saluting Brazilian GP win
Lee Gormley | November 11, 2015
Brazilian Grand Prix
- Formula 1
- Sunday, November 15th
- Race time: 16:00 GMT
- Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Live on BBC1
World champion Hamilton wants first Brazil win
With the Drivers’ Championship already wrapped up, world champion Lewis Hamilton has claimed that securing victory for the first time in this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix would be a “salute” to his hero Ayrton Senna.
It was the legendary Senna’s impressive tally of three world titles that Britain’s dominant Mercedes driver equalled this year, and he will now be gunning for a maiden triumph on Brazilian soil, where he clinched his maiden crown in 2008.
Hamilton is odds-on 4/6 favourite with Coral to steer towards his first ever triumph in Brazil, but teammate Nico Rosberg is sure to be his closest competitor for first place on the South American podium, making him 2/1 for victory.
Hamilton holds Brazilian ambitions
Despite claiming his first world crown in 2008 at this track, Hamilton has generally struggled at Interlagos, having led in Brazil during his final drive for McClaren, only to be taken out by Nico Hulkenberg.
There are also parallels with his hero Senna, with the Brazilian legend having not secured a win in his home Grand Prix until his eighth attempt in 1991, while Hamilton still searches for his first at such a testing circuit.
“This was Ayrton’s home race, so it was a dream to race in Sao Paulo when I was younger and I always feel his presence when I’m there,” stated Hamilton, who is 5/4 to race to the fastest lap in Brazil.
“It would be a salute to him..”
“He was such a huge hero in Brazil and it’s humbling that I always get such a warm response.
“It’s amazing to think that it took Ayrton eight attempts to win this race and it’s one of the few I haven’t yet won myself. If I can change that this weekend it would be a salute to him and another highlight to add to this amazing year.”
Rosberg rivalry reaches boiling point
With the championship secured, Hamilton’s rivalry with Mercedes compatriot Rosberg has become increasingly heated, as it threatens to boil over going into the final dead rubber Grand Prix encounters.
German Rosberg is seeking back-to-back Brazilian victories after his triumph last season, when he had to withstand absorbing pressure from Hamilton for an intense final 20 laps. The 30-year-old is out to spoil the world champion’s party, having raced to first previously in Mexico.
“I’ve usually been pretty quick there and last year was a good battle with Lewis,” Rosberg stated.
“That was a great feeling..”
“Standing on the top step after a hard-earned win, following in the footsteps of so many great drivers who have won there and with the passionate Brazilian crowd cheering on – that was a great feeling.
“I’d love to experience that again, so the aim is to put on another good show for the fans and to carry my form from Mexico into this race.”
Rosberg’s fellow countryman and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel could also have a say, with the Ferrari driver 15/2 to triumph, while Hamilton’s compatriot Jenson Button is 12/1 for a top six finish.
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