The British ace has been likened to the three-time world champion by his McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh.

His swashbuckling driving style is similar to the brilliant Senna — although it is not always appreciated by his rivals.

After a difficult couple of seasons, Hamilton, 27, will start his bid to win his second world title in Melbourne this weekend.

And while he returns to the track in a fresh state of mind, he promises that his flair will remain. He said: “I’m massively honoured people would put me in the same light as such a great star.

“It was my dream to emulate Ayrton, so for people to put my name in the same sentence as his is a great honour.

“I still have that desire to emulate Ayrton and to drive the way I drive and stay out of trouble.”

Hamilton made a strong start to last season with a second-place finish in Australia. And he is hoping for similar this time.

He added: “The goal is to make sure I am on the podium for every race. A win would be a bonus.”

source: © by Ben Hunt