Nürburg, Germany, Oct 11 (efe-epa).- Lewis Hamilton won the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in Germany on Sunday, equaling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91 grand prix victories.
The Mercedes driver took his seventh win of the season to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship on a historic day for him and the sport.
Schumacher’s record – once widely considered unassailable – had stood for 19 years.
With Hamilton needing just one more win to own the record outright, his status as Formula One’s greatest ever driver is all-but guaranteed.
The Briton is also odds on to match Schumacher’s record of seven world championship titles.
Schumacher’s son, Mick, presented Hamilton one of his father’s helmets on the podium to mark the moment.
“I’m honored,” Hamilton said. “When you grow up watching someone and idolize them … I don’t think anyone – especially me – thought I would be anywhere close to Michael in terms of records. I couldn’t have done it without this team. Huge respect to Michael.”
Valtteri Bottas, who started on pole, locked up on lap 13, leaving a wide open gap for his teammate and rival Lewis Hamilton to take the lead.
A safety car soon afterwards was the last thing the Finn needed as it handed Hamilton and Max Verstappen free pitstops.
Bottas’ day then got even worse as a mechanical failure meant he was forced to retire from the race on lap 20, with only a third of the race run.