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Hamilton closing in on Senna’s stats

Ahead of a weekend where Lewis Hamilton could emulate boyhood hero Ayrton Senna, the Brit admits it would be “very emotional” if he managed to do so.

This Saturday in Singapore Hamilton will chase his 12th pole position of the campaign and should he succeed it will be his eighth in succession.

Only one other driver has ever managed eight in a row, Senna. The Brazilian achieved it in an impressive qualifying ran that began in 1988 and finished up in 1989.

Added to that the Mercedes driver could secure his 41st F1 victory this Sunday. That would tie him with Senna and, coincidentally, both drivers would have done it in 161 grand prix starts.

“As a kid it was my ambition to emulate Ayrton,” said Hamilton in the Singapore.

“I only found out after the last race and to see it almost correlates with the career Ayrton had… I couldn’t believe it.

“For the whole nine years I hadn’t realised what course I was on.

“Naturally it feels really amazing.

“It was a goal I set when I was a kid and I’m very close.

“It may or may not happen this weekend, there is still a serious challenge ahead of me but I am just grateful to be up there.

“It is a milestone I am approaching in my career.

“I’ve prepared as best I can to win this World Championship so there is no extra pressure with this landmark, just lots to gain from coming here and performing well.

“I don’t feel particularly under pressure but if I was to achieve the same amount as Ayrton it would be very emotional.”

Hamilton is chasing his third World title and, with seven races remaining, holds a 53-point advantage over his team-mate Nico Rosberg in the standings.

Senna won three World titles.

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