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Lewis Hamilton overtakes Michael Schumacher’s record after 92nd Grand Prix win

Written by on 25/10/2020

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has overtaken Michael Schumacher’s record after winning his 92nd Grand Prix.

“You are re-writing the history books,” Mercedes told Hamilton on the team radio.

He said he could “never have dreamed of being where I am today” and it is “going to take some time to fully sink in”.

Lewis Hamilton holds his finger in the sky after winning his 92nd Grand Prix
Image: Hamilton holds his finger in the sky after winning his 92nd Grand Prix

“I can’t find the words at the moment,” he added.

The British star, who had equalled Schumacher’s 91 wins in the previous race at the Nurburgring in Germany, took the chequered flag in Portugal 25.592 seconds ahead of second-placed team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Dutch driver Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull.

Hamilton’s latest victory – plus a bonus point for fastest lap – stretches his lead over Bottas in the championship table to 77 points with only five races remaining.

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“I owe it all to these guys here and back at the factory,” Hamilton said.

“It’s just been such a privilege working with them.”

Hamilton, whose father was at the circuit in the Algarve to see his triumph, reported cramp in his right calf muscle with seven laps to go but went on to set a series of fastest laps.

Speaking after his eighth win of the season and the 71st since joining Mercedes, Hamilton said: “I didn’t have a magic ball when I chose to come to this team and partner with great people, but here I am and what I can tell you is I’m trying to make the most of it every single day.

“It’s going to take some time to sink in. I was still pushing flat out coming across the line.”

 Sky News

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