Hamilton is Senna's equal (statistically)
Lewis Hamilton overtook teammate Nico Rosberg in the first corner after lights out before comfortably cruising to victory in a largely forgettable grand prix at Suzuka.
The championship leader never looked back en route to the chequered flag, despite having to manage tyre and temperature issues as he drew level with Ayrton Senna on 41 career F1 wins.
“I’m buzzing like you could not believe,” said Lewis after the race. “It was very tight through Turn 1 but from then on it was just the most beautiful day.
“I have struggled every year at this circuit, but I always loved it. When you have the balance and the car is doing what you want it to do, and you’re attacking through the corners, there’s no better feeling.”
Meanwhile, Rosberg was left to rue what might have been, after a lack of tyre temperature on the formation lap cost him three places at the start having secured pole the day before. He now trails his teammate by 48 points with 125 left to play for.