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Is Lewis Hamilton picking up the baton from Ayrton Senna?

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After winning the last race in Italy and team-mate Nico Rosberg retiring, Hamilton is in a strong position in the drivers' championship.

This is the time of year when journalists start throwing statistics at whoever is leading.

With the title race finish drawing closer and closer, Lewis Hamilton must get used to the comparisons to the great and late Ayrton Senna, whom most consider the best of all time.


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With a third title looking increasingly likely with each race that goes by, we must see how the Brit compares to the legendary Brazilian driver and the stats are surprising closer than you think.

When Lewis was growing up in Stevenage, he would come home from school and quite often was Senna in action. He aspired to one day drive the way he drove, and achieve something similar to what he achieved.

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So you can imagine how special it must feel to be about to equal the number of races Ayrton competed in (161). 

Also, if he wins in Singapore on Sunday, he will match his number of victories as well (41). They have come around quick, and Lewis is in a position to not just emulate him but better the great man.

Scary statistics to look at and with Hamilton four years his younger at the same stage of his career? How far can Lewis go? 

At the same time, though, we must be aware that if Senna had not passed away he would have continued and won so many more races and championships because he was that good.

Now Lewis is at the stage where he's getting to the levels of Senna. He can compete week in and week out for each race and no doubt each year he will compete for the coveted World Championship. The question is can he deliver?

Lewis will never transcend the sport in the way that Ayrton Senna managed to do. Senna could just about do anything, and drove in the era where Formula 1 racing was the actual pinnacle and had the drivers right on the limit.

However, in Lewis' defence he can only drive in the era that he is in and the regulations that come with that. Hamilton will go down as a great of the sport once he's all done and finished absolutely no doubt.

But will he be remembered as Senna-esque, that remains to be seen....

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