Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton once again made history on Sunday with a 92e Career Grand Prix in Formula 1. This win in Portugal put him ahead of the great Michael Schumacher at the top of the list.
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Here are five highlights from the career of the British driver, who has continued to rewrite his sport’s record books.
For any rookie, the first career race in F1 is a difficult step. Imagine when you have to take this step by being the teammate of the legendary Fernando Alonso!
Hamilton did so brilliantly at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix. Qualifying fourth, Hamilton passed on the Alonso track before momentarily leading the race. Alonso eventually gained the upper hand over his young teammate, stopping later late in the race.
Still, Hamilton finished close to Alonso and climbed to third place on the podium. A feat that already demonstrated the extent of Hamilton’s talent.
Great Britain, 2008
In the rain and in front of his supporters, Hamilton took the start from fourth position at Silverstone. The local favorite quickly passed Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen and teammate Heikki Kovalainen, however, to finally win by an impressive lead of … 68 seconds.
This is the biggest margin for victory in the past 15 years. Only two other drivers, Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) and Rubens Barrichello (Honda), finished on the same lap as the winner.
Despite a title with McLaren in 2008, Hamilton decided to join Mercedes in 2013. He then formed a duo with Nico Rosberg, after having been the teammate of two former champions in Alonso and Jenson Button.
Rosberg did not prove to be an easy opponent to beat, however, and the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2014 was proof of that. As the two silver arrows battled for the world title, the two drivers offered one of the most memorable struggles of the XXIe century by surpassing each other on several occasions.
Hamilton ultimately triumphed by just over a second ahead. It was Hamilton’s second straight victory in as many races when he saw the checkered flag as he was on his way to a second coronation.
In 2017, Hamilton claimed the first of a few near-unattainable Schumacher records, landing a 69e first place in career. It was on the legendary Italian track of Monza that the Briton made history.
This day had started in a very ordinary way, while the qualifying session had been hit by heavy fall rains. A red flag caused by Romain Grosjean’s aquaplaning accident forced a postponement of more than two hours.
In the pouring rain, Hamilton was able to do well to make a faster lap than Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, who were however penalized. The next day, the Mercedes driver took off for an easy victory, his 59e in career.
Over the years, Hamilton has managed to hold off fierce competitors to achieve 92 victories, now one more than “Schumi”. The 35-year-old notably held off Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, who is also in the top 3 in terms of wins, with 53.
Hamilton’s nemesis in recent years, however, has been his teammate Valtteri Bottas, whom he managed to contain on the surprise return from the Portuguese Grand Prix last Sunday.
Party first for a 97e Times Hamilton led the majority of laps on the superb Algarve circuit before quietly crossing the finish line ahead of Bottas and Verstappen.
With this new success, the veteran is in an excellent position to come and play, once again, in the flower beds of Michael Schumacher, who could well equal his career title record with seven wins.