Hamilton breaks Schumacher F1 win record with Portuguese GP success


Lewis Hamilton made history with victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix by claiming his 92nd win to move above Michael Schumacher in the all-time list of Formula 1 race victories.

Reigning world champion Hamilton – who qualified in pole position – recovered from a poor start to the race to regain the lead and go on to break the 14-year-old record.

Formula 1 legend Schumacher overhauled Alain Prost for race wins at the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix, when he landed his 52nd victory.

In the following five years, he added 39 more, taking him well clear of every other driver in history before leaving F1 with 91 successes under his belt.

Hamilton broke Schumacher’s record which has stood for 14 years

In Portugal, Hamilton finished ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in second and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in third.

The six-time world champion paid tribute to his team over the radio after the chequered flag, saying: “Wow guys.

“I couldn’t have done this without all of you. Thank you for continuing to strive for perfection, it’s an honour to work with you.”

“Amazing job,” Hamilton added before getting out of his car and embracing father Anthony.

Schumacher’s final win came in the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix

After breaking the record number of wins, Hamilton will set his sights on another of Schumacher’s records; he is closing on the German’s seven F1 World Drivers’ Championships and holds a strong advantage at the top of this year’s standings.

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With five races remaining, Hamilton is 76 points ahead of Bottas, whom he edged to qualifying to claim the 97th pole of his career and his ninth in 12 races this season.

Hamilton’s start did not go to plan, however, as he slipped to third place behind McLaren driver Carlos Sainz and Bottas in the first lap. The 35-year-old was clearly struggling clearly struggling with the damp conditions at the Algarve circuit in his medium-compound tyres.

The Brit took the knee before the Portuguese Grand Prix

But after Sainz dropped away, Hamilton closed a two-second gap on Bottas to under half a second by lap 19.

And the Brit made full use of DRS to overtake his teammate down the outside in lap 20 and regain the lead, going on to build a substantial 10-second cushion by lap 40.

This lead grew by a further five seconds over the next 10 laps and the final 16 rings of the circuit were a procession for Hamilton on his way to breaking the prestigious record.

Hamilton has been a vocal supporter of Black Lives Matter

Before the Portuguese Grand Prix, Hamilton – who has been a vocal advocate for Black Lives Matter – took to social media to call for an end to police brutality in Nigeria.

He wrote on Twitter : “We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves and raise awareness of the tragedies happening in the world around us and take action where we can.

“The recent events in Nigeria are a human rights crisis… #EndSARS.”

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