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Hamilton unveils new Senna tribute helmet at Brazilian GP

Mercedes' driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, wears his helmet designed with an image of the Brazil's national flag, during the first free practice at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Brazil Formula 1 GP will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has unveiled another helmet in tribute to his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton started Friday’s practice sessions wearing a helmet designed with a Brazilian flag on the top, Senna’s yellow and green on the back, a drawing of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue, and six stars to note each of his F1 titles.

Hamilton also used his helmet colors to honor Senna’s memory in previous Brazilian GPs.

Three-time F1 champion Senna died after a crash at the San Marino GP in 1994.

Hamilton said this week the Senna-inspired helmet was also designed to please Brazilian fans, who have no home driver on the grid at Interlagos.

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