World News – US – Hamilton breaks Schumacher victory record


Lewis Hamilton overtook Valtteri Bottas to claim a dominant victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix and break the all-time winning record in Formula 1

Hamilton fell to third place in the manic first two laps which ended with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz in the lead, but fought back to crush Bottas’ hopes

Hamilton received a standing ovation from the socially distant crowd, before celebrating with team members, then a long hug with Father Anthony

Hamilton said he « owed everything » to his Mercedes team, adding: « I could never have dreamed of being where I am today

« I didn’t have a magic balloon when I chose to join this team and partner with these great people, but here I am

« Everything we do together – we all row in the same direction and that’s why we do what we do

« And my dad is here and my stepmom Linda and Roscoe [Hamilton’s dog] It’s going to take a while for it to fully penetrate I was still pushing flat when I hit the line I can’t find no words for the moment « 

His victory, on a humiliating day for his teammate Bottas, gave Hamilton a 77-point advantage in the championship as he moved closer and closer to a seventh world title, which would tie the another Schumacher record

Hamilton had to do it the hard way, cool temperatures and torrential rain at the start leaving his Mercedes without grip on his medium tires in the first lap, on which he was passed by Bottas and Sainz

Sainz, using his soft tires to a big advantage over the mid-shoe Mercedes, had a stellar first lap from seventh on the grid and passed Bottas for the lead at turn five on lap two

But once the Mercedes tires were up to temperature, they wasted no time in shipping the McLaren and vanished in a race of their own

Hamilton never let Bottas take much more than a few seconds ahead, then after 15 laps he started to speed up, setting the fastest lap after the fastest lap to get closer to Finn, then take the lead in the first corner

Once in front, Hamilton left his teammate behind, taking a lead of over seven seconds in the next 10 laps, and continuing to progress further for the remainder of the race.

Hamilton further increased his lead after making their pit stops as he was able to get the hard tires into their temperature window more effectively than his teammate

The 35-year-old’s only concern was the cramp in the last 10 rounds, but that didn’t seem to affect him unduly, and he still crossed the line 25 seconds ahead of his teammate.

It’s a masterful performance, worthy of the monumental nature of his feat, supplanting Schumacher at the top of the all-time winning lists, where the German had been for 19 years

It was an exciting race on a new track in F1, with overtaking and incidents galore all over the field

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third, having slipped to fifth in the manic first lap, while Charles Leclerc was impressive in reclaiming fourth place in the Ferrari after also struggling to grip in the first laps on medium tires and dropped in the eighth

Pierre Gasly of Alpha Tauri was exceptional taking fifth place, taking the place with a nice movement around the outside of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez with two laps to go

Perez, too, led a solid race, recovering from a first-lap collision with Verstappen and a spin, which meant he had to stop for new tires and fall to last

Perez took pressure from Sainz on the last lap but managed to hold the McLaren back, with Renauts Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari just behind

Kimi Raikkonen was just out of the points, after an exceptional first lap, dropping from 16th on the grid to seventh on his soft tires, then passing Leclerc’s Ferrari for sixth, before the lack of pace of his Alfa only say it once the race has calmed down and he has started to back down

There has been some exceptional practice in an entertaining race, but there can only be one winner Hamilton, the best car admittedly was in a league of its own, absolutely crushing Bottas with an impressive performance

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