No new targets for Hamilton after joining Senna as triple F1 champ

Newly-crowned Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says he does not have any other targets in his career having matched his hero Ayrton Senna's tally of three world titles

No new targets for Hamilton after joining Senna as triple F1 champ

The Mercedes driver added the 2015 crown to his 2008 and 2014 successes with , becoming the 10th driver in F1 history to win at least three championships.

Hamilton has spoken openly about his dream of matching Senna's three titles, and he said he does not have any other specific targets in mind.

"For me the target was to get the three that Ayrton had," said Hamilton.

"He wasn't from the same country as me but he was the guy who inspired me as a youngster.

"I don't know what is going to come next. There is no-one else I look to who I want to emulate.

"I feel like I've got the baton for myself and Ayrton, and will carry that on and see how far I can take it."

Hamilton said the crazy nature of the race at Austin made winning the championship emotionally draining.

"The last 10-15 laps were the tough ones," he said when asked how emotional the final lap was.

"Those last laps, the world championship is right there, and I'm thinking 'am I going to get it?'

"Everything I have got from these years, everything I have built up, I was so close, I could smell it so I was pushing.

"I'm just overwhelmed, it's difficult to find the words. It's crazy to think I'm a three-time Formula 1 world champion.

"This one feels special - it tops last year as it's equaling Ayrton."

shares
comments
US F1 Grand Prix: Engine problem prevented 'miracle' Alonso result

Previous article

US F1 Grand Prix: Engine problem prevented 'miracle' Alonso result

Next article

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen accepts blame for F1 US Grand Prix shunt

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen accepts blame for F1 US Grand Prix shunt
Load comments
Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Plus

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding 
into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021
Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems Plus

Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of action for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, on the Istanbul circuit’s much improved track surface. But the Black Arrows squad’s position isn’t quite what it seems. Here’s why

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021