Lewis Hamilton: Ayrton Senna is talking to me and telling me to stay focused

• British driver reveals he is taking inspiration from his hero
• Hamilton’s win in Singapore Grand Prix takes him 28 points clear

A jubilant Lewis Hamilton revealed he was taking inspiration from his hero Ayrton Senna after his win in the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday. The victory was of great importance in this season’s Formula One world championship, with the British driver moving 28 points ahead of his title rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, after the German went out of the race following a crash off the grid going into the first corner.

Hamilton had to endure tricky, wet conditions under the lights at the Marina Bay circuit in a race that required skill and control as the track dried and which was interrupted repeatedly by the safety car. His Mercedes did not have the pace of the Ferraris and Red Bulls over the weekend but the three-times world champion has always excelled in the wet and made the most of his opportunity after the first lap incident to take advantage. He was reminded, he explained, of when Senna crashed out while comfortably leading the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix.

Related: Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel crashes out

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Source: Formula 1

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