Schu­macher: hero to a new gen­er­a­tion

F1 Racing - - SENNA VS HAMILTON -

Lewis Hamil­ton was touched to re­ceive a replica Ayr­ton Senna hel­met in Canada, a gift from the Senna fam­ily to cel­e­brate his achieve­ment in match­ing Ayr­ton’s 65 poles. But the new gen­er­a­tion of driv­ers, like Este­ban Ocon and Lance Stroll, weren’t even born when Senna was rac­ing. They grew up in the 2000s when there was one man dom­i­nat­ing the sport: Michael Schu­macher.

Ocon re­cently posted a pic­ture on Twit­ter of him wear­ing a replica Schu­macher hel­met. When Stroll started rac­ing, he looked up to the seven-time cham­pion, and re­mem­bers meet­ing him at the Cana­dian GP. And re­cently, Lance has be­come friendly with Michael’s son, Mick, rac­ing against him in karts.

“I have so many mem­o­ries of watch­ing Michael race in F1 when I was grow­ing up,” says Stroll. “He is a great guy, a true cham­pion on and off the track. He was so com­mit­ted, he trained so hard, he put in so many hours and he was so pre­cise about what he wanted.

“He al­ways max­imised the per­for­mance of the car and lived for the sport. I just hope that he’ll re­cover from what hap­pened, as it’s ter­ri­ble to see and I think it’s im­pacted the mo­tor­sport com­mu­nity. We need to re­mem­ber all the great­ness he has brought to the sport, be­cause he was one of a kind.”

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