Lewis Hamilton made no secret of his pride after winning the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi on Sunday and beating the victory total of three-time world champion Ayrton Senna.
Hamilton grew up idolizing Senna, who won 41 races across the course of his F1 career, but victory in Russia marked his 42nd win to put him joint-third on the all-time record list alongside Sebastian Vettel.
Victory at the Sochi Autodrom put Hamilton on the brink of winning this third world championship, and can wrap it up next time out at the United States Grand Prix after teammate Nico Rosberg retired due to a throttle issue.
Hamilton admitted on the podium that he was disappointed not to have much of a fight for the race win after Rosberg retired, but feels proud to have edged past Senna on the all-time win list.
“I was excited because we were quite close together in the beginning and I was thinking ‘we’ve got a race here’,” Hamilton said.
“For sure, it’s a shame for the team to have lost one of the cars and to not have a race. When I saw Sebastian behind I thought ‘I wish that he was right with me so we could be having a race’, I think it would be great for the fans.
“Nonetheless, I don’t take what we have for granted. I think the team have done an amazing job. It’s a special moment for me to surpass Ayrton and carry on to this weekend.
“Very very proud and happy to be here.”