Saturday,23 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1349, (15 - 21 June 2017)
Saturday,23 February, 2019
Issue 1349, (15 - 21 June 2017)

Ahram Weekly

What a weekend, son

Lewis Hamilton received a big honour in one of his best ever weekends in his Formula 1 career, reports Mohamed Abdel-Razek

The big fight in the driver’s world championship between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton has managed to garner all the attention since the beginning of the season but the moment was surely about to knock on the door of the Englishman Hamilton.


Many F1 fanatics know how much Hamilton admires the Brazilian F1 legend Ayrton Senna. Hamilton always said that Senna inspired him since he was a kid and that he even dreamed of becoming a race car driver because of Senna. Hamilton told Sky Sports last weekend, “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”.

Looks like the soul of Senna, who died in an F1 crash at Imola in 1994 after winning three world champions and setting world records, no doubt played a big role into pushing Hamilton forward, which he did in Canada last week when he matched Senna’s career pole winnings record of 65.

Hamilton receiving his special gift from Senna’s family after equalising the Brazilian legend career pole record

The magical once in a lifetime moment was yet to come, after great qualifying by Hamilton in Canada, breaking the track lap record twice.

Before leaving the track, with the adrenaline still pumping, Hamilton had a big surprise ahead of him: Senna’s family gave him the crash helmet of the Brazilian. “I’m shaking. I’m speechless,” said Hamilton. “Ayrton was the man who inspired me, so to match him and to receive this is the greatest honour, so a big, big thank you to the Senna family.”

Hamilton winning in Canada

No doubt this was a big moment in Hamilton’s career as a whole and in his current F1 season in particular. Hamilton’s morale was boosted after such a big moment, reflected on 11 June when he found his pace again, driving his silver arrow towards an important victory which brought him back to the competition, cutting Vettel’s title lead to 12 points in the driver’s world championship as well as helping his team along with his mate Valtteri Bottas to get enough points to lead the constructors championship ahead of Ferrari.


Hamilton has now got closer to Michael Schumacher’s record of 7 win on one track, after clinching his six win in Montreal and is looking ahead to breaking Schumacher’s career pole wins of 68. Will Hamilton break the record and win the world champion this season for a fourth world title that would vault him beyond Senna?  If he does, it will definitely be in no small measure due to Senna, Hamilton’s father-like figure.

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