x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

F1 drivers name their heroes

When 10 current Formula One drivers were asked who their racing heroes were, both Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher featured as key influences in many responses.

LONDON // When The Times of London asked 10 current Formula One drivers who their racing heroes were, both Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher featured as key influences in many responses, but the survey also threw up some more eclectic and touching influences too. Current F1 champion Lewis Hamilton named Senna as his hero, along with Nick Heidfeld, Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello, while Schumacher was name-checked by his fellow countrymen Sebastian Vettel and Timo Glock. Championship leader Jenson Button cited Lance Armstrong as his racing hero, while Nelson Piquet Jr picked his father, Nelson Piquet, who is a former F1 world champion.