Paddy Lowe compares in speed to Hamilton with the “relentless” Senna


The classification of the Grand Prix of Canada has been one of the hotspots of the season so far thanks to Lewis Hamilton, his stratospheric pole and the spectacular record that managed to match, the 65 pole positions of the idolized Ayrton Senna, which places him in the second historical position, only 3 preferential positions of which he enjoyed Michael Schumacher.

Almost since the beginning of his career in Formula 1, have established certain comparisons between Hamilton and Senna on the basis of the riding style of the british, the design of your previous helmet, reminiscent to that used by the brazilian star, and his step-by McLaren, which finished as the rosary of the aurora. Without going further, both are in the same world championships, three each.

these comparisons has been added an important piece and key in the golden era of Mercedes that has allowed Hamilton to get two of his three titles. Paddy Lowe abandoned Mercedes in an official manner at the beginning of the year, to embark on a new adventure as chief technical officer of Williams, the team that already worked as Head of Electronics between 1987 and 1992, before joining McLaren in the last year of Senna with the team.

From the perspective that it gives to have worked near the two protagonists of the week, Lowe believes that Hamilton is so fast, as was Senna. According to, so he replied when asked about the topic: “If, without a doubt. Both belong to the handful of greats in the history of the sport. These great drivers are able to extract an extraordinary turn, and you could see with Lewis, that that time, based on the estimates and simulations of the Mercedes, was not in the car. Not what they had contemplated. Probably thought that Ferrari had it in hand after the Free 3, and after he saw Lewis come out and dig really deep”.

Lowe believes that Hamilton has the gene of the great drivers give a strong response to the steering wheel when it is most needed, but points out that both pilots had a different personality: “These pilots can not do it every Saturday, but, once in a while, when you need something really extraordinary, they produce a spin that makes you say: “where has gone that?”. Lewis, without a doubt, is one of the that it does, and Ayrton was without a doubt one of the that she was. In terms of character, I think they are pretty different. People criticize (to Hamilton) for a number of things, but in reality he is a true gentleman and a pilot very fair. Hard, but fair”.

Ayrton was relentless. Had tactics to intimidate the opposition, but that was the norm by then.

The image and memory of Ayrton Senna have been widely referenced and exalted since his death in 1994. Lowe believes that this idealization makes it oriented would relinquish certain details of your character: “Ayrton, we have a tendency to view the article in pink. Mostly, I was in front of Ayrton, that’s why the perspective it costs me a bit, but when I was at Williams at the time, Ayrton was the guy that cost us the win. What we achieved in 1992, but it seemed impossible in the previous years, was relentless. I had a few tactics in order to intimidate the opposition, but that was the norm by then”.

To exemplify the attitude of Senna, Lowe commented as this was moved to the steering wheel in a different era when it comes to managing the piloting of a Formula 1: “I Was talking with Riccardo Patrese the other day about this and, without mentioning any specific time, you must remember that you are not penalised for blocking in qualifying by then. You had to get out, see the guy and intimidate him, so that you do not fastidiase again. So, it was then. Now you can rely on the police to give the guy a ticket! It is a very different world, and Ayrton did as it should by then”.