Gallery: Hamilton - That's my best win yet
PUBLISHED: 10:50 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009
LEWIS Hamilton emulated his racing hero Ayrton Senna by winning the Monaco Grand Prix. The brilliant Brazilian was the undisputed king of the Monte Carlo streets, winning F1 s most prestigious race a record six times. Hamilton claimed victory in the Prin
LEWIS Hamilton emulated his racing hero Ayrton Senna by winning the Monaco Grand Prix.
The brilliant Brazilian was the undisputed king of the Monte Carlo streets, winning F1's most prestigious race a record six times.
Hamilton claimed victory in the Principality at the second time of asking on Sunday, having finished runner-up behind then McLaren colleague Fernando Alonso last season.
"This has got to be the highlight of my career and I am sure it will continue to be the highlight for the rest of my life," said an ecstatic Hamilton afterwards.
"I remember on the last few laps I was just thinking that Ayrton Senna won here a lot of times and to win here would be amazing."
Hamilton said it was an "incredible feeling" to have taken the chequered flag around Monte Carlo's famous circuit.
"The last 20 laps were very emotional and I was just trying to keep emotions in and keep the car on the track," he said.
"I have got a lot of belief in myself and the team but here you just need to have things going the right way and today it went my way, so I am very, very fortunate."
Hamilton also ranks Sunday's triumph - his sixth in Formula 1 and second this season after Australia - as his greatest yet.
"This is the best win ever, for sure. Even if I was to win here again, which I plan on doing, this is the best one," said Hamilton.
"Even though I didn't get pole position I just stayed optimistic and brought it home.
"The guys did a good job as you could see and it was the most fun I have had in a race ever."
Hamilton has now won in F3, GP2 and F1 in Monaco and enjoys racing there.
"Even when I was younger, this was the favourite track, just because you had the tunnel, you had coming through the swimming pool, I think it just looks spectacular and so automatically it became my favourite race.
"And then I experienced it for the first time in 2005 and I was like 'wow, this is by far the best track'."
The 23-year-old from Tewin hopes to win the Monaco race again next year and go on and enjoy the sort of dominance Senna enjoyed around the narrow street circuit in the late 1980s and early '90s.
He said: "Next year I'm going to aim to come back and win it, but again, anything can happen.
"I hope this is the start of something very special.
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