Imola offering Hamilton a “harsh reminder of where Ayrton crashed“

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Lewis Hamilton had a chance to go around the Imola circuit on Friday, also passing the site where his hero Ayrton Senna tragically died in 1994.

Nobody will ever forget the tragic race weekend at Imola that claimed the lives of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna.

“Obviously, the history of 1994 is something we always remember,” said Hamilton after going around the track on his scooter.

“I went ’round today and it was a really special lap, just going round and seeing this historic track, passing the harsh reminder of where Ayrton crashed.

“It is very surreal still for me when I go to places where you drive through the tunnel in Monaco, you drive through the British Grand Prix where you know that the greats in the past had raced at those places.

“Earlier on I was in an area that many years, 26 years ago, Ayrton was here doing what he loved as I am.

“So that’s in one way, that’s heart-warming to know that I was able to be here and do what he was doing 26 years ago. But otherwise it’s just another race.”

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Hamilton’s experience at the track also reminded him of his first visits to Italy as a young driver.

“What I was really impressed with was just the surroundings, the trees. It’s a beautiful part of the country.

“It really took me back to when you first go to a country – when I first came to Italy when I raced it was so much different to the UK scenery-wise.

“I remember that feeling the first time and I felt that and I’ve not felt that in a long, long time.

“Today, going around the track, it really was reminiscent of my first days and my time when I was karting here so it just reminded me of the love that I have for Italy,” concluded the six-time champion.

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