Lewis Hamilton Equalises Michael Schumacher’s F1 Win Tally
At the Eifel Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton achieved a career-defining moment by winning his 91st F1 race, equalling the record previously held by his idol, Michael Schumacher. It was all the more emotional that Hamilton achieved his 91st victory at Schumacher’s home track, Nürburgring. While there was celebration amongst the Mercedes AMG Petronas team, it also served as a moment of reflection for the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver who suffered a severe brain injury following a skiing accident in December 2013 after he retired from Formula One.
After beating Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to the finish line, Lewis Hamilton comfortably claimed his 91st victory as he moves one step closer to another record-equalling achievement with Schumacher - seven World Championship titles. He said that he was an “incredible honour” to tie with the man who is considered to be the greatest Formula One driver of all time, and with a record that he never thought anyone could match.
In recognition of Lewis Hamilton’s achievement, Mick Schumacher presented the Mercedes driver with one of his father’s helmets during a post-race interview. The British driver was left stunned by the unexpected gift of one of Schumacher’s crash helmets from his time at Mercedes in 2012, for whom Hamilton replaced in 2013 after Schumacher retired from the sport.
Lewis Hamilton held up the red Mercedes crash helmet to applause from the Mercedes team and the watching crowd. He spoke about the raw emotion of equalising with the man he had idolised growing up, and how he remembered playing Schumacher’s character in a video game as a child. Hamilton confessed that he never expected to come “anywhere near” Michael Schumacher’s records and that it would take some time to get used to the idea. He admitted that it was only when he arrived at the pit lane after crossing the finish line that he realised he had equalised with Schumacher, before thanking the Mercedes AMG Petronas team for their support.
Mick Schumacher had been attending the Formula One weekend to take part in the Friday practice session with Alfa Romeo but the afternoon session was called off due to weather conditions. It would have been a fitting debut during an F1 weekend at his father’s home track where Michael Schumacher had won the race five times during his record-breaking career. It now appears uncertain that Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott will get the chance to take part in a practice session before the end of the season.
The young F2 driver had previously told Sky Sports ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix that his father had always said that records existed to be broken. The younger Schumacher is already gaining attention in Formula 2 as the leading driver of the championship with an impressive collection of wins and is expected to enter the F1 grid as early as next year.
Following the Eifel Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton is now 69 points clear of his nearest competitor, his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not complete the race due to technical issues. With seven wins so far this season, Hamilton looks set to win his seventh Championship to achieve another career-defining moment to once again tie with Michael Schumacher.