Lewis Hamilton has set a new record in Formula 1 after winning the latest championship race staged last weekend. He captured Germany’s Michael Schumacher’s all-time Formula 1 record which stood for the past 14 years.
Hamilton, whose grandparents come from Grenada, achieved the mark with victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix, crossing the victory line more than 25 seconds clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, the only man with the same awesome equipment the Briton enjoys, and still going away.
“I am happy for him,” said Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, a four-time champion and winner of 53 Grand Prix. “He deserves every victory he had. I am sure he will get 100. I don’t think you can praise him enough.”
And Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, the most successful so far of F1’s new generation: “Everyone knows he is very quick, but what has been a strong point is he is also very consistent and he very rarely makes a mistake. That’s why he got to these numbers so quickly. It’s just very impressive.
BBC Sports which covers Formula 1 season says Hamilton received a standing ovation from the socially distanced crowd, before celebrating with team members and then a long embrace with father Anthony. Hamilton said he “owed it all” to his Mercedes team, adding: “I could only ever have dreamed of being where I am today.
“I didn’t have a magic ball when I chose to come to this team and partner with these great people, but here I am.
His victory gave Hamilton a 77-point advantage in the championship as he moves ever closer to a seventh world title, which would match Schumacher’s other surviving record.