Lewis Hamilton won his 91st Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, equalling Michael Schumacher in being the most successful driver ever in terms of race wins.
It wasn’t all easy for Hamilton, as starting second on the grid saw him trail his teammate, Valtteri Bottas for much of the beginning of the race after a fantastic move ensured he stayed ahead at Turn two.
Bottas soon ran into problems with a big lock-up at turn one which allowed Hamilton to overtake. As a result Bottas was forced into the pits for a change of tyres, but soon retired from the race due to power issues.
Hamilton was barely challenged in the remaining laps, although a late safety car saw the potential of a battle between himself and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Ultimately nothing came of the restart and Hamilton cruised to victory from then on.
Speaking to Sky F1 after the race, Hamilton commented on Red Bull’s pace and the emotions following his achievement: “I had a good start and got up alongside Valtteri… he came back and did an amazing job. After that I just had to make sure I tried to hang on to him for as long as possible.
“I managed to look after my tyres really well and I could see he was graining his front tyre so I knew the next couple of laps were the time for me to push and then he had the lock-up.
“It was not an easy race at all. The Red Bulls are so fast. Max drove extremely well. The one place he had a chance was at the restart but I managed to pull away but you could see their pace at the end. We’ve’ got a serious fight on our hands.”
Hamilton was greeted at the end of the race by Michael Schumacher’s son, Formula 2 driver Mick Schumacher, to present him with one of his father’s racing helmets to mark his achievement.
Hamilton was visibly moved by the gesture and went on to say, “I don’t even know what to say. When you grow up watching someone, you generally idolise them in terms of the quality of the driver they are, what they’re able to continuously do year on year, race on race, week on week with their team.
“Seeing his (Schumacher) dominance for so long, I don’t think anyone, especially me, didn’t imagine that I’d be anywhere near Michael in terms of records so it’s an incredible honour and it’s going to take some time to get used to.
“I couldn’t have done it without this incredible team, everyone continuing to push behind me and giving it their everything so a big thank you and huge respect to Michael.
“Like all of us, I grew up watching Michael win all those grand prix and I couldn’t even have fathomed equalling him. Getting to Formula 1 was the first step of the dream, emulating Aryton (Senna), but Michael it was just so far ahead. It’s beyond my wildest dreams to think that I’m here today.”
With this win, Hamilton extends his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings to 230 points, 69 ahead of his teammate and closest rival, Bottas.