Hamilton looks to extend 100% record in America

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Lewis Hamilton heads into next weekend’s United States Grand Prix looking to extend his winning streak at the race that dates back to his debut season back in 2007.

The record might be slightly skewed as there have only been two races held in the U.S. since Hamilton’s debut with McLaren, but having won the races at Indianapolis in 2007 and the Circuit of the Americas last year, the Briton is yet to lose a grand prix on American soil.

“I am looking forward to going back [to Austin],” Hamilton explained. “I’d love to go back there and have a win. I love the track. What a turnout we had last year! It was one of the best races of the whole year. To come in on the first year and be one of the best races of the year was pretty spectacular.”

Hamilton has traditionally excelled in North America, boasting an impressive record at the Canadian Grand Prix with three wins at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. In fact, Hamilton has failed to win just one race that he has finished in North America, coming third at this year’s race in Montreal.

The race dropped off the calendar at the end of the 2007 season before finally returning last year at the newly-built Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. However, the race was embraced and, as Hamilton explained, was one of the best of the season as he went toe-to-toe with Sebastian Vettel for the win. This year, there may not be a championship to play for, but it should still prove to be one of the season highlights as the F1 circus arrives in Austin next weekend.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”