Lewis Hamilton was stunned to match his hero Ayrton Senna’s tally of 41 race victories in the Japanese Grand Prix.
Senna won all three of his world championships at Suzuka, and Hamilton said it was special to match his achievements in Japan.
“For me to come here to a race where I used to love watching Ayrton drive to match wins wins… I can’t really describe,” he said. “It doesn’t feel real at the moment.”
Hamilton added it was important for Mercedes to recover from their sub-par performance in Singapore.
“It definitely was important for us to strike back,” he said. “The Ferraris were incredibly quick in the last race. We didn’t bring our A-game.”
“We had to take a step back these last few days and make sure we brought it here. Couldn’t have done it without this team. Remarkable what they’ve done. The car was beautiful to drive today.”
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