Hamilton overtakes Michael Schumacher with record 92nd F1 race victory

Lewis Hamilton has moved clear of Michael Schumacher to become the most victorious driver in Formula One history.

The six-time world champion sealed the 92nd race win of his illustrious career at the Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton did not have everything his own way at the Portimao Circuit in the Algarve despite clinching his 97th career pole on Saturday, initially dropping down to third during a truly hectic, wet opening lap behind McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

However, the Briton remained focus and eventually claimed back the race lead from Bottas on lap 20 and did not let up thereafter, constantly extending his lead and cruising to a historic 92nd win and eighth of the coronavirus-impacted 2020 season despite a late touch of cramp.

Hamilton had initially equalled the iconic Schumacher’s record at the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring a fortnight ago, after which he was presented with one of Schumacher’s race helmets by the German’s son, Mick.

Another world title for the 35-year-old this season – champion in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 – would see him match Schumacher’s record haul of seven.

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