Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) equaled German Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Formula 1 victories by winning this Sunday at the Eifel Grand Prix in Germany and flies towards a seventh world title, another record held by the German.
As a gesture of recognition, it was Mick Schumacher, son of ‘Schumi’ and a Formula 2 driver, who offered Hamilton a helmet from his father.
Later, the British rider, speaker of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, among other causes, climbed to his 160th podium in the premier class, in 261 Grand Prix disputed.
“I don’t know what to say, words fail me, I grew up admiring Michael Schumacher. I never would have imagined equaling that record,” reacted Hamilton. “It wasn’t until I got back to the pits that I realized I had done it,” he added.
Hamilton’s first F1 victory dates back to the 2007 season, at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, in a Mercedes-powered McLaren.
– Renault returns to the podium –
For his seventh victory in 2020, Hamilton prevailed in front of Dutchman Max Verstappen (Redbull) and Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), who offers his French team its first podium since 2011.
“It was a good race, we were fast and I’m happy with the result,” said Verstappen.
After starting from second place on the Nürburgring grid, Hamilton benefited from the mechanical problems of his teammate Valtteri Bottas’ car, forced to withdraw on lap 17 of the 60 that included this eleventh round of the season.
For the Renault team, this is the first podium in nine years, when German Nick Heidfeld took third place at the 2011 Malaysian GP. Not counting, of course, the period in which Renault F1 was called the Lotus F1 Team, as of 2012.
“I’m so happy for this podium! It’s been so long, two and a half years I think (since his victory in Monaco in 2018, in a Red Bull),” Ricciardo recalled. “I have the impression that it is the first,” he confessed.
This long-awaited podium will have a first impact on Renault. The result of a bet between Ricciardo and Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul, who will now have to get a tattoo.
– Pérez and Sainz Jr. above –
In the World Cup, Hamilton now has a 69-point lead over Bottas and 83 over Verstappen. Barring a major catastrophe, he is well on his way to equalizing Schumacher’s seven Formula 1 world champion titles.
The Mexican Sergio Pérez (Racing Point) and the Spanish Carlos Sainz (McLaren), after a magnificent fight, took fourth and fifth positions. .
Frenchman Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), winner at Monza at the beginning of September, added 8 points from sixth place, just ahead of the Ferrari of the Monegasque Charles Leclerc.
Arriving on Saturday to replace a sick Lance Stroll at Racing Point, Nico Hülkenberg had a solid race to finish eighth, ahead of Romain Grosjean (Haas) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), who completed the Top 10.
‘Hulk’, a former Renault driver and winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, undoubtedly benefited from the lack of running in all of the drivers: free trials 1 and 2 were canceled on Friday due to the lack of safety caused by the weather conditions. Something that did not disturb Hamilton.
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