Two weeks after tying Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher's all-time number of 91 wins, Mercedez's Lewis Hamilton has finally broken the longstanding record after tallying victory no. 92 in the Portuguese Grand Prix, as per SportsCenter.
HE’S DONE IT!
Lewis Hamilton wins his 92nd F1 Grand Prix, breaking Michael Schumacher’s all-time record 🏆 pic.twitter.com/XWLQLpYoJO
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 25, 2020
Downpour of rain, chilling temperatures and a new track all contributed for an unpredictable opening lap to commence the race. Having started on pole, the 35-year-old driver blew his lead to which McLaren's Carlos Sainz promptly capitalized.
However, Lewis Hamilton together with his Mercedez teammate in Valterri Bottas both fought back to inch within striking distance. The British driver eventually tracked down his pal Bottas before taking the lead on lap 20.
Hamilton led for the remaining 46 laps and finished over 35 seconds ahead of Bottas who finished in second place while Red Bull's Max Verstappen placed in the third spot. Hamilton's victory gave him a 77-point advantage in the championship as he moves even closer to a seventh world title, which would also match Schumacher's other surviving record.
It was a sentimental moment for Lewis Hamilton who ironically took over Schumacher's seat in Mercedez during his twilight years before he retired back in 2012. Several years later, little did he know that he would eventually come close to breaking the German's records.
He went on to thank the entire Mercedez team after the record-breaking victory for putting him in the position to attain success in the sport:
“I didn't have a magic ball when I chose to come to this team and partner with these great people, but here I am.”
“Everything we do together we are all rowing in the same direction and that's why we're doing what we're doing.”
Hamilton and the rest of the Formula One drivers will move to the challenging Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari track in Imola, Italy on November 1 where a race will be held for the first time since 2006.