Ayrton Senna's iconic yellow helmet goes to 'speechless' Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton with F1 legend Ayrton Senna's yellow helmet after he won the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Photograph: (AFP)
Britain's Lewis Hamilton who won the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday was presented with racing legend Ayrton Senna's 1987 iconic yellow race helmet after he equalled the Brazilian's 65 victories as he cruised to an easy victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Ayrton Senna was the winner of three Formula One world championships in 1988, 1990 and 1991. The Brazilian legend died in a tragic racing accident at the San Marino Grand Prix on 1 May 1994 at the peak of his career.
"Wow, I am shaking...I am speechless," an emotional Hamilton said after being presented with Senna's helmet.
"Ayrton was my favourite driver. He inspired me to be where I am today. To receive this is a great honour. Thank-you to the Senna family."
The Mercedes driver chasing his fourth Grand Prix title, said: "I remember getting home from school and putting on the video tape of Ayrton Senna and I can't believe I'm here with that many poles. The fact that I have now reached him in that area - I can't believe it."
"It's the most special thing I have, beyond all the trophies and everything. I am so honoured to be honoured by that family. As a kid I thought maybe, one day, I can get to Formula One and emulate Ayrton. To equal him... I just can't believe it."