Even Lewis Hamilton formerly watched Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins as unbeatable. Now he has matched it.
Schumacher’s son Mick introduced Hamilton with among his dad’s old helmets following the British motorist chose a record-equaling 91st win in the Eifel Grand Prix.
“Seeing his dominance, I do not think anybody, and particularly me, did not imagine that I would be anywhere near Michael about documents so that it’s an amazing honor and it is going to take a while to become accustomed to,” Hamilton said, adding that he was able to pick Schumacher because of his character in a video game.
“That number’s so large and once it’s so far off it is difficult for folks to maybe fully comprehend how hard it had been to for him to move people 91 wins, to provide weekend in and weekend out, year on year annually and remain so physically in form and therefore exact. I realize that today more than ever,” Hamilton stated.
“And I can only inform you it will not get easier from the first win to first. I am telling you, it has been a long, hard run.”
Schumacher has required continuous care because he sustained severe head injuries in an accident while skiing in 2013.
Hamilton took a large step closer to fitting Schumacher’s record of seven names also following his teammate Valtteri Bottas failed to complete with an engine issue. Hamilton today leads the championship 69 points with six races to go.
Hamilton took the win from 4.5 minutes from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, together with third for Daniel Ricciardo at Renault’s first podium finish since 2011.
Hamilton started quicker than Bottas and had the inside line to the hairpin bend in one. He pressured Bottas wide above a runoff region, but the Finn held to take the lead back from Hamilton about the interior of the next corner.
The Finn’s race was soon over when he complained of having”no electricity” and ceased at the pits with exactly what the group said was an issue with his hybrid unit.
Lando Norris was running chasing a podium finish for McLaren before his car began losing power. He pulled with a fire within the car’s right side fighter, bringing out the safety car. Verstappen was slow to respond at the restart and instead of threatening Hamilton, he lost instant to Ricciardo.
Sergio Perez took fourth to Racing Point, ahead of McLaren’s Carlos Sainz in fifth and Pierre Gasly to get AlphaTauri.
It had been another very long race for Ferrari at a troubled time for the Italian group. Charles Leclerc started fourth but lacked the speed to maintain the place and finished while Sebastian Vettel trailed in 11th following a spin.
Romain Grosjean was ninth for Haas and Antonio Giovinazzi took the Last stage in 10th for Alfa Romeo.
Russell retired using a puncture shortly after.
Raikkonen’s car threw up dirt soon after the beginning, sending stone flying Grosjean’s car. Grosjean said he had been struck at the hands and wondered whether he had a broken finger.
It was the very first F1 race because 2013 in the Nürburgring in Germany and has been appointed the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range.
After Hamilton paired Schumacher’s listing facing a German audience in a track in which Schumacher won five occasions, he could transcend it on a course where F1 hasn’t raced before. The Algarve circuit in Portimao, Portugal, hosts its very first race Oct. 25 as an excess round on the calendar amid the coronavirus pandemic.