In photos: Hamilton gifted Senna helmet
10 June 2017 – Lewis Hamilton was gifted a race-worn Ayrton Senna helmet from the late Brazilian's family after he equalled his hero on 65 pole positions by topping qualifying in Canada – only Michael Schumacher (68) sits in front. GPUpdate.net has compiled a selection of photos of the presentation, and Hamilton's celebrations.
Hamilton initially reflected on a thrilling session with Sebastian Vettel, the current championship leader, down at Turn 1, before television presenter Will Buxton surprised him by passing on the special gift from Senna's family.
"I'm shaking… I'm speechless," said Hamilton, after receiving the helmet. "Ayrton… I know for many of you he was your favourite driver and it's the same for me, he was the one that inspired me to be where I am today. To match him and receive this [gift] is the greatest honour, so a big, big thank you to the Senna family."
Hamilton beamed as he carefully took Senna's helmet out of its presentation box, placing it on top of the Mercedes-Benz circuit vehicle for photographs, before the short trip back to the Formula 1 paddock.
Hamilton was keen to show off his gift when he returned, running to the start tower and waving to fans.
Hamilton's celebrations were followed by a period of reflection, before the top three posed for photos.
Hamilton fielded more questions in the official post-qualifying press conference, remembering the days that he watched VHS recordings of Senna competing in Formula 1, as he worked his way up the karting ranks.