Hamilton breaks Schumacher’s record with 92nd race win

2020-10-25 at 20:39

Lewis Hamilton won for a record-breaking 92nd time in Formula 1 to become the driver with the most race wins in history at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Two weeks after equalling the record of 91 wins set by Michael Schumacher, Hamilton now holds the prestigious record outright with a victory that moves him ever-closer to matching the German great’s all-time haul of seven world titles.

Hamilton ultimately won by over 20 seconds from Valtteri Bottas on F1’s Portimao debut but was made to work for it in the first half of the race after dropping from first to third in the opening two laps amid lightly-falling rain

The world champion fell behind first Bottas and then McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, who astonishingly then took the lead himself on lap two having started from seventh on the grid.

Sainz was soon re-overtaken by Bottas and then Hamilton as F1’s normal order was restored, with the latter then claiming the lead back on lap 20 when he overtook his Mercedes team-mate.

Max Verstappen was again third for Red Bull, with Charles Leclerc claiming a brilliant fourth for Ferrari.

In a dramatic finish in the midfield, Pierre Gasly claimed fifth after a late duel with Sergio Perez, who then dropped behind Sainz on the final lap.