Lewis Hamilton has opened up on the Ayrton Senna-like trance he experienced while breezing to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Senna, of course, was Hamilton’s hero from his earliest childhood memories of motor sport and the Brazilian once said: “Suddenly I realised I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension.”
Hamilton, who has joined the Brazilian as one of the all-time F1 greats, had a similar feeling during his exemplary performance to win the latest race at Barcelona, easing home 24 seconds clear in his Mercedes from Max Verstappen.
The World Champion had mentioned being in a “perfect zone” in his TV interview immediately afterwards and was later asked at the official press conference whether, like Senna had said, he could close his eyes and feel “a presence”.
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After saying he “wouldn’t describe it the same way as Ayrton would”, Hamilton elaborated: “I can’t quite pinpoint why, but today I felt like I was in the most… it was like a clear zone, the clarity I had today whilst I was driving was… I’m sure I’ve had it before but not always…
“I don’t even know how to really get into that zone, I don’t know what… it’s hard to say what helps you get into that space, but of course I will evaluate this weekend and the feeling today but honestly I felt fantastic in the car.
“It was physically challenging but in terms of not making any mistakes, delivering lap upon lap upon lap, I was in a perfect zone and that’s the zone I dream of being in.
“Of course, I never would have expected to have a lead of 24 seconds, that’s definitely not what we thought we’d have coming in to this weekend.
“But I really put it down to that… even when I was catching traffic I was gaining time rather than losing time, which is never the case. Normally you lose time with traffic and today wasn’t the case.
“There were all these elements which were just perfectly in place and I was very, very centred in my core. Got to try and get there every week, every day.”