A major name in Formula 1 today, Lewis Hamilton got in the books this Sunday by reaching his 91st victory, a feat that enabled him to match Michael Schumacher’s record. The triumph at the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in Germany, counted for the 11th round of the 2020 World Cup, the last before the Portuguese Grand Prix, scheduled for the 25th in Portimão.
91ST VICTORY PUTS HAMILTON IN THE F1 OLYMPUS, NEXT TO THE GREAT SCHUMACHER
The Mercedes-AMG driver finished the Eifel Grand Prix at the top of the standings, with a record of 1:35.49,641h, surpassing, in the top-3, the competition offered by Max Verstappen, from Red Bull-Honda (+4.470s), and the Australian Daniel Ricciardo, from Renault (+14.613s).
Hamilton’s teammate, the Finn Valterri Bottas left the race before the end and contributed directly to the success of the British racing driver, who is pursuing the seventh World Championship, a feat that, if achieved, will also make Hamilton equal Michael Schumacher.
In the race that consummated Lewis Hamilton’s 91st victory, the top-10 was completed with several important names in the sport. In 4th place, finished Sergio Perez (Racing Point-Mercedes), followed by Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren-Renault).
As 6th place, finished Pierre Gasly, a Frenchman who automatically entered the list of main highlights of the race, after having started his participation only in the 12th place.
A great performance from the driver who, in 2020, had already won at Monza, giving a great contribution to the AlphaTauri-Honda score.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ended up in the 7th place, overtaking Sebastian Vettel, teammate who disappointed expectations by finishing outside the scoring zone, namely in the 11th place.
Closing the top-10 were Nico Hülkenberg (Racing Point-Mercedes), who replaced Lance Stroll last Saturday after an indisposition from the Canadian, Romain Grosjean (Haas-Ferrari), who managed to poctuate on his debut in the 2020 Formula 1 season, and Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo-Ferrari).
Also noteworthy were the abandonments, caused by some problems, by Lando Norris (McLaren), Alexander Albon (Red Bull), Esteban Ocon (Renault), Valterri Bottas (Mercedes) and George Russell (Williams).
SCHUMACHER’S SON GIFTED HAMILTON
Irremediably marked by the fact that Lewis Hamilton has reached Michael Schumacher‘s record of 91 wins in Formula 1, the Nürburgring circuit in Germany, and the date of October 11, 2020 will remain forever in the history of the greatest motor racing competition.
In an attempt to mark this historic achievement, Mick Schumacher, the F1 legend son who currently competes in Formula 2, handed over an helmet from his father to Lewis Hamilton.
A strong image that will be recorded in the most beautiful stories of F1, which had his apex at the moment that the Mercedes driver raised on the podium, side by side, Schumacher’s helmet.
“I am very honored, thank you very much. I don’t know what to say. When I grew up idolizing someone, seeing him dominate the way he was, I never thought I would be near these records,” said Lewis Hamilton in the hangover of his achievement.
HAMILTON AND MERCEDES AT THE TOP OF THE STANDINGS
For the purposes of the accounts related to the World Championship, Lewis Hamilton leads the overall individual driver standings, with a record of 230 points.
In the second place comes the Finnish Valtteri Bottas with 161 points, and closing the top-3 the Dutch Max Verstappen, with 147 points.
In terms of team performance, Mercedes-AMG is at the top of the overall ranking, with a record of 391 total points, a mark that far surpasses the closest competition offered by Red Bull-Honda (211 points).
Completing the top-5 and with over 100 points are Racing Point-Mercedes (120), McLaren-Renault (116) and Renault (114). Ferrari (80), AlphaTauri-Honda (67), Alfa Romeo-Ferrari (5), Haas-Ferrari (3) and Williams-Mercedes (0) close the count, positioning in the respective order of reference.
MORE THAN TWO DECADES LATER, PORTUGAL HOSTS FORMULA 1 AGAIN
The next round of the Formula 1 World Circuit is scheduled to take place on October 25 at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimão.
It will be the eagerly awaited return of Formula 1 to the Portuguese stages, 24 years after the last race, which dates back to the last century, in 1996.
At a time when the economic and social sector faces special and unique difficulties, due to the negative effects associated with the new coronavirus pandemic, the coming of Formula 1 to national territory will certainly be a pleasant breath of fresh air.
Paulo Pinheiro, administrator of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, estimates an economic impact for the region that could exceed the €100 million mark.