Lewis Hamilton wins at Nurburgring to tie Michael Schumacher’s F1 victory record
NÜRBURG, Germany - Lewis Hamilton also saw Michael Schumacher's F1 record of 91 wins as unbeatable. Now he's done it.
Schumacher's son Mick presented Hamilton one of his father's old helmets after the British driver had achieved a 91st record win at the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.
"Given his dominance, I don't think anyone, and I especially, didn't envision that I would be anywhere near Michael in terms of record. So it's an incredible honor and it will be some time before me got used. " Hamilton added that he chose Schumacher as his character in a video game.
Schumacher had to be constantly looked after because he sustained serious head injuries in an accident while skiing in 2013.
Hamilton also came a big step closer to the record of Schumacher's seven titles after team-mate Valtteri Bottas failed to deal with an engine problem. After his seven wins of the season, Hamilton leads the championship with 69 points and six races remaining.
Hamilton took third place for Daniel Ricciardo in Renault's first podium since 2011, almost five seconds ahead of Red Bulls Max Verstappen.
Hamilton started faster than Bottas and had the inside line in the hairpin at turn one. He forced Bottas well over a drainage area but the Finn held on to regain the lead from Hamilton in the second corner.
Hamilton took the lead back on lap 13 when Bottas braked late and ran far. The Finn's race was soon over when he complained about "no strength" and stopped at the pits because the team said there was a problem with his hybrid drive.
Lando Norris finished third and took a podium for McLaren before his car lost power. He finally stopped with a fire in the right side of the car and pulled out the safety car. Verstappen was slow to react when restarting and instead of threatening Hamilton, he almost lost second place to Ricciardo.
Sergio Perez was fourth for Racing Point, ahead of McLaren's Carlos Sainz in fifth and Pierre Gasly as AlphaTauri.
It was another long race for Ferrari in a difficult season for the Italian team. Charles Leclerc started fourth but didn't have the pace to hold position and finished seventh while Sebastian Vettel was 11th after a spin.
One day after Nico Hülkenberg had received the call to later replace the unwell Lance Stroll at Racing Point, he stormed across the field from last place on the grid and finished eighth. Romain Grosjean was ninth for Haas and Antonio Giovinazzi took the final point in tenth for Alfa Romeo.
Another record fell when Kimi Raikkonen started his 323rd race and, from 1993 to 2011, exceeded the mark set by Rubens Barrichello. Raikkonen finished 12th after receiving a time penalty for colliding with George Russell and the Williams driver's spin. Russell soon retired with a flat tire.
Raikkonen's car threw up gravel shortly after the start and let stones fly into Grosjean's car behind it. Grosjean said he had been hit in the hand and wondered if he had a broken finger.
It was the first F1 race since 2013 at the Nürburgring in Germany and was named the Grand Prix of the Eifel after a nearby mountain range. The next race is October 25th in Portugal.
Lewis Hamilton wins at the Nürburgring to tie Michael Schumacher's F1 win record originally posted on NBCSports.com
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