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F1 champion Lewis Hamilton wants Brazil triumph like hero Ayrton Senna

By Ian Parkes

Lewis Hamilton says a win in Brazil would be a "salute" to Ayrton Senna as the newly-crowned triple World champion targets a first victory in his idol's homeland.

Hamilton, who has already amassed an unassailable lead in the Formula One championship, has never won at the iconic Interlagos track in eight previous attempts.

He finished second behind team-mate Nico Rosberg last year while he was vying for the lead with Nico Hulkenberg in his final race with McLaren in 2012 before a race-ending collision.

But Hamilton, 30, is hopeful of ending his winless streak at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

"This was the home race for Ayrton, so it was a dream of mine to race in Sao Paulo when I was younger and I always feel his presence when I'm there," said Hamilton, who has spoken of "carrying the baton" for the Brazilian after surpassing his number of career wins and emulating him with a hat-trick of titles.

"He was such a huge hero in Brazil and it's humbling that I always get such a warm response there. It's amazing to think that it took Ayrton eight attempts to win this race and it's one of the few I haven't yet won myself.

"If I can change that this weekend it would be a salute to him and another highlight to add to this amazing year, so I'll be going all out to make that happen."

Hamilton's team-mate Rosberg claimed his first win in five months at the Mexican Grand Prix earlier this month.

Rosberg, who is now 21 points clear of Sebastian Vettel in the race for second place, said he wants to take his good form from Mexico, where he also sealed pole, to the penultimate grand prix of the campaign.

"I'm really pumped to get to Sao Paulo and get back out on track after a great weekend in Mexico," said Rosberg.

"I have good memories from Brazil. I've been pretty quick there and last year was a good battle with Lewis. The aim is to continue my form from Mexico."

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