Lewis Hamilton grabbed an historic Portuguese Grand Prix victory, becoming the driver with the most F1 wins in history, surpassing Michael Schumacher the previous holder of the title.
Hamilton’s win at the Portuguese Grand Prix brings him closer to a seventh Formula One title, the last major record of Michael Schumacher left for Hamilton to break.
It’s now 92 wins for Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes driver recovered from a shaky start to come through and win with ease in Portugal. The championship leader was in control of the race, building an unassailable lead and finishing 25 seconds ahead of his Finnish teammate, Valtteri Bottas.
Lewis Hamilton said he “could only ever have dreamed” that he would break Michael Schumacher’s record for the most Formula 1 race wins.
“It’s going to take some time to fully sink in,” said the Mercedes driver. “I was still pushing flat out all the way to the line. I’m very much still in race mode, mentally. I can’t find the words at the moment. I could only ever have dreamed to have been where I am today. 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.”
Hamilton also said he suffered cramp during the race.
“You know it’s an incredibly physical sport but I had a cramp in my right calf,” he added.
Hamilton began his winning ways his in 2007 and claimed his first title the following year. But his career really took off when he replaced the retired Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013. Hamilton added five more Formula One titles.
With his win, Hamilton moved 77 points clear in the standings with five races to go and just 130 points left to play for.
Before the race, the six-time world champion put on a T-shirt showing #ENDSARS with the Nigerian flag, showing his support for Nigerians protesting against the notorious police department, accused of assaulting, extorting and murdering Nigerian youths.
“I’ve got to show this,” Hamilton told Sky Sports as he revealed a green T-shirt with #EndSARS written on it at the end of the off-grid interview.
By Muyiwa aguda