“Aren’t we all Ferrari fans?” Sebastian Vettel pointed out a few years ago. Perhaps behind this statement lies one of the reasons that led Lewis Hamilton to leave Mercedes after ten years. When the Scuderia calls, it is indeed hard to say no, especially if it is likely the last chance of one’s career.
Behind the agreement between the seven-time champion and the historic Italian team, many have seen the celebration of another marriage that destiny alone prevented. Lewis Hamilton has been repeatedly labeled as the natural heir to Senna, to the extent that Ayrton’s family gave the British driver a helmet belonging to the Brazilian legend.
It was the Canadian Grand Prix in 2017, where Lewis Hamilton secured the sixty-fifth pole position of his career, equaling Senna’s record. On that occasion, the Stevenage native appeared deeply moved, stating on multiple occasions that the three-time champion was his childhood idol.
“Every driver’s goal is to race for the Reds,” Senna had declared in 1991. “We’ve talked about it, but we couldn’t reach an agreement. Surely we’ll have opportunities to discuss it later.” Unfortunately, the opportunity did not arise, and Ayrton’s (and all the Tifosi’s) desire to race for the Scuderia of Maranello faded before it could be fulfilled.
Seeing Lewis in Ferrari means that, more than thirty years after the tragic Imola incident, Senna’s Red dream can finally be realized by what many consider to be his rightful heir.