Lewis Hamilton: F1 star gives verdict on Ayrton Senna comparison at Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Hamilton, 34, presently holds a six level lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the highest of the drivers’ standings forward of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Mercedes pair have dominated proceedings thus far in 2019 with Hamilton successful the final two races.

Hamilton’s constant type over the past 4 seasons led to former F1 driver Gerhard Berger claiming that solely Senna may be in comparison with the Englishman by way of skill.

“It’s the first time I’ve heard of it,” Hamilton stated of Berger’s claims while making ready in Azerbaijan.

“I’m actually keen on Gerhard and he bought to race up alongside [Senna] and was a very good buddy of his so which means loads coming from him, somebody who knew him so nicely.

“And it’s fairly humbling to even simply be put in the identical sentence as somebody like Ayrton.

“However for me Ayrton is all the time in his personal mild and he’s all the time on his personal distinctive degree that as a driver you simply aspire to emulate or be like

“I didn’t actually know his persona a lot aside from the small clips you have been in a position to see.

“So it was extra what he stood for, what he stood up towards and what he was in a position to do in a car that I beloved to see.

“He was the motive force that impressed me as a child and he’s nonetheless a hero in the present day and he all the time can be.”

Hamilton’s feedback come after Berger stated: “Everyone asks me: ‘How do you see this driver towards Ayrton?’

“And I all the time, in all of the years, say: ‘I do not see anyone close to to Ayrton.’ However Lewis is [now] the primary driver I put on the identical degree as Ayrton.”

Hamilton took his championship successful tally to 5 in 2018, and he stays in pole place to reclaim the crown this season.

The previous McLaren driver revealed earlier within the week that studying from errors is the primary purpose he has been so profitable in recent times.

“All these lessons, all these experiences have definitely helped me to grow,” Hamilton instructed UBS.

“I believe, me as a driver, I’ve needed to discover my very own means.

“Nobody may inform me, ‘do it like this, because that’s going to work’.

“You simply have to find, it’s about trial and error.”