F1 Eifel GP: Hamilton takes victory to equal Schumacher's win record

Hamilton takes the win to achieve Schumacher's victory record
Lewis Hamilton achieved Michael Schumacher's Formula 1 record by winning the Eifel Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen, while Valtteri Bottas was eliminated due to a mechanical problem.
Daniel Ricciardo completed the podium for Renault ahead of Racing Point's Sergio Perez after a late-breaking safety car spoiled a close combat between the two in the final laps.
At the beginning, Hamilton made the better escape and pulled alongside his teammate, who was approaching the first corner.
The two black arrows both went deep into the right-hander and went far into the drain at the exit when Bottas held on to the outside, which gave him the inner line into Turn 2 to the left and he was able to take the lead again go .
The Finn shot away from Hamilton for the remainder of the opening lap to make sure he was immediately out of DRS range and gradually built his lead over the next few laps.
But Bottas' lead never exceeded two seconds when he, Hamilton and Verstappen quickly moved away from Charles Leclerc's Ferrari, who was holding Ricciardo and Alex Albon at the other Red Bull.
The three leaders were the only drivers able to take a lap on the softs in the 1:32 laps in the first few laps. Leclerc was nearly 20 seconds ahead when Ricciardo overtook him on lap 9 of 60 outside of Turn 2.
By this point, Hamilton had begun to undermine Bottas' advantage and shortly after the Brit won 0.3 seconds on lap 12, the leader was heavily suspended at the start of the next tour and went deep on Turn 1.
Hamilton immediately stole outside of Turn 1 and took first place, with Verstappen quickly ending up behind Bottas, who pitted at the end of lap 13 to replace his ruined softs with media.
This proved to be even more costly for Bottas a few laps later when the virtual safety car was called when George Russell drove off to take his damaged car out of traffic. This was supported when Kimi Raikkonen Williams tipped onto his left wheels when he lost the rear end of his Alfa Romeo, which followed Sebastian Vettel exactly in turn 1 on the escape to the hairpin.
The VSC meant that Hamilton, who had left Verstappen behind with strong, fast laps in the 1:31 minutes after his lead, and Verstappen was able to pit and gain significantly compared to Bottas.
Hamilton takes the win to achieve Schumacher's victory record
Things then got worse for Bottas when he fell behind Lando Norris and Sergio Perez, who hadn't stopped running behind Ricciardo before the Renault driver pitted under the VSC and reported a loss of performance.
The problem got worse on the next lap despite the fact that Mercedes issued a series of reset instructions and at the end of the lap he was forced to retire with a suspected MGU-H problem.
Verstappen had won two seconds ahead of Hamilton when Red Bull won with a faster pit stop, and he was just under two seconds behind the Mercedes when they both lapped in the early 30s, but the world champion quickly regained a clear lead.
As Hamilton gradually expanded his lead in the middle of the race and drove over 10 seconds for the first time at the end of lap 42, attention turned to the battle for third place.
Ricciardo's VSC stop meant he had to drive a long time to the finish with a stopper. His rival for last place on the podium became Perez when Norris hobbled with an electricity problem that McLaren apparently couldn't fix with a stream of instructions on how to change settings.
Perez, who ran a long time in the first stint and drove 30 lap on his softs, then caught Leclerc, who pitted after an early pass from Ricciardo, and it was the Mexican's turn to lose time behind the Ferrari.
When he got into the chicane on lap 35, he was 17.5 seconds behind the Renault and quickly set about taking advantage of his advantage.
Perez closed four seconds over the next five laps, but the race was interrupted again shortly before the last quarter of the race when Norris pulled off to the right of the track at Turn 6 with a smoking body and the safety car was called.
Mercedes, Red Bull and Renault took the first three places as quickly as possible. Racing Point initially let Perez out on his media before stepping in too and moving to the softs who had also taken the leaders.
Hamilton takes the win to achieve Schumacher's victory record
The safety car stayed outside until the 50th lap. Hamilton and Verstappen complained about his speed as they struggled to keep the heat in their tires on another cold day in the Eifel.
When the time came, Hamilton had dropped Verstappen at the final chicane, with the Dutchman actually being attacked by Ricciardo at Turn 1, which he was able to reject.
Alone the two front runners were able to shoot into the 1:28 minutes - Hamilton drove a strong and fastest lap to extend his lead again - when Ricciardo, after coming under pressure from Perez after his failed view of second place, Perez was gradually leaving behind.
The top positions therefore remained stable in the final laps when Hamilton ran clear and achieved his record victory with a 4.4 second lead when Verstappen set the fastest lap on the last tour.
Ricciardo came home to take his first podium since winning the 2018 Monaco GP, 1.4 seconds ahead of Perez.
Hamilton takes the win to achieve Schumacher's victory record
Carlos Sainz finished fifth for McLaren ahead of Pierre Gasly, who overtook Leclerc after the safety car, as the Ferrari driver had run behind the top five because he hadn't stopped during the last race suspension.
Nico Hülkenberg rose from last to eighth place instead of the unwell Lance Stroll - his cause was supported by the safety car, which also helped Romain Grosjean to get his first points in 2020 when he finished ninth with a stopper and Antonio Giovinazzi held back. who had stopped shortly before the safety car.
Sebastian Vettel finished 11th after trying to overtake Giovinazzi in the early stages and then had a clash with Kevin Magnussen in the final laps (with the Haas rider finishing 13th behind Raikkonen due to the Russell crash received a 10-second penalty, but nonetheless Rubens Barrichello maintained the record for most F1 starts with the start).
Albon and Esteban Ocon were the other non-finishers when they stopped at the pits because of suspected problems with the engine and hydraulics. The Red Bull driver had a five-second penalty for taking off Daniil Kvyat's front wing while crossing into the final corner during the early run.
Kvyat was 15th behind Nicholas Latifi.
Result of the Grand Prix of F1 Eifel - 60 laps
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team
Max Verstappen
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault DP World F1 Team
Sergio Perez
BWT Racing Point F1 Team
Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren F1 Team
Pierre Gasly
Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
Charles Leclerc
Scuderia Ferrari
Nico Hulkenberg
BWT Racing Point F1 Team
Romain Grosjean
Haas F1 team
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN
Sebastian Vettel
Scuderia Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN
Kevin Magnussen
Haas F1 team
Nicholas Latifi
Williams Racing
Daniil Kvyat
Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
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Lando Norris
McLaren F1 Team
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Alexander Albon
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
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Esteban Ocon
Renault DP World F1 Team
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Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team
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George Russell
Williams Racing
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Lance walk
BWT Racing Point F1 Team
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