Why Senna's fans adopted Hamilton

Why Senna's fans adopted Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton's open acknowledgement of his debt to Ayrton Senna has earned the respect and admiration of Brazilian fans - and even Senna's family, says JONATHAN NOBLE

The biggest cheers were always going to be reserved for Felipe Massa, but there were times over the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend when it was hard to believe that Lewis Hamilton was not a home-town hero too.

The cheers he got from fans whenever he was on track, the banners in the grandstands urging him on, and the warmth he was afforded by everyone, were on a level where you could be forgiven for thinking he had grown up in the favelas of Sao Paulo rather than an housing estate in Stevenage.

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