Eifel Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher record with 91st win

Lewis Hamilton equalled the all-time record for career Formula 1 victories by winning the Eifel Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver’s win was the 91st of his career and he will surely break Michael Schumacher’s record soon.

Hamilton extended his championship lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas to 69 points after the Finn retired.

Behind Max Verstappen’s Red Bull in second, Daniel Ricciardo scored Renault’s first podium since returning to F1 as a constructor in 2016.

The race had been poised for a close fight between Hamilton and Bottas before the second Mercedes hit trouble.

Hamilton, starting second, made a better start than Bottas and dived for the inside at the first corner, pushing him wide, but Bottas held his ground and recovered the lead on the inside of the second corner.

That gave Bottas control of the race, but Hamilton pressured him hard and in the end the leader buckled.

Bottas handed the advantage back to Hamilton on lap 13, locking a wheel into Turn One and running wide, allowing Hamilton to close in and pass for the lead around the outside of Turn Two.

Seven-time F1 champion Schumacher won his 91 races between 1992 and 2006

Three laps later, the race fell further into Hamilton’s lap when a virtual safety car allowed him and Verstappen to pit for fresh tyres and retain their positions ahead of Bottas, and two laps after that Bottas retired with a suspected failure of the MGU-H, part of the hybrid system.

Although Verstappen stole the point for fastest lap from Hamilton on the last lap of the race, Hamilton’s lead is close to three clear race victories with only six races remaining. A seventh world title – which would equal another Schumacher record – is beckoning.

Nuerburgring, 11 October 2020

RankDriverNumberTeamGridPitsFastest LapRace TimePoints
1Great BritainLewis Hamilton44Mercedes221:28.1451:35:49.64125
2NetherlandsMax Verstappen33Red Bull32

fastest overall lap 1:28.139

4.470 behind19
3AustraliaDaniel Ricciardo3Renault621:29.58414.613 behind15
4MexicoSergio Perez11Racing Point921:29.70016.070 behind12
5SpainCarlos Sainz Jnr55McLaren1021:30.12921.905 behind10
6FrancePierre Gasly10AlphaTauri1221:30.11022.766 behind8
7MonacoCharles Leclerc16Ferrari421:30.71230.814 behind6
8GermanyNico Hulkenberg27Racing Point2021:30.73332.596 behind4
9FranceRomain Grosjean8Haas1611:31.56239.081 behind2
10ItalyAntonio Giovinazzi99Alfa Romeo1421:30.90940.035 behind1
11GermanySebastian Vettel5Ferrari1121:30.40840.810 behind0
12FinlandKimi Raikkonen7Alfa Romeo1921:30.51241.476 behind0
13DenmarkKevin Magnussen20Haas1521:30.45649.585 behind0
14CanadaNicholas Latifi6Williams1821:31.37754.449 behind0
15RussiaDaniil Kvyat26AlphaTauri1321:32.21455.588 behind0

Source: BBC (Andrew Benson)