- Lewis Hamilton makes history with his F1 92nd win at the Portuguese Grand Prix
- The win surpassed Michael Schumacher’s 91 wins
Lewis Hamilton rewrote the Formula One World Championship history books Sunday with his record-breaking 92nd victory during the Heineken Portuguese Grand Prix.
Hamilton, who started the 66-lap race from the pole, put together a flawless drive to secure the trophy and surpass Michael Schumacher as the winningest F-1 driver in history.
The Briton lost out on the start, dropping back as far as third by the second lap after some early chaos, but regrouped during a long first stint and eventually chased down his Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas.
From there, Hamilton led all but one lap – when he pitted for his lone round of service on lap 41 – en route to the record-breaking score. His 92 career wins have come in 263 F-1 starts.
Speaking after the landmark win, Hamilton could barely speak clearly:
“I never … I could have only ever dreamed of being where I am today,” he said. “I didn’t have magic when I chose to come to this team and partner with these great people … but here I am and what I can tell you is that we’re trying to make the most of it every single day.
“We’re all going in the same direction and that’s why, I think, you’re seeing the success you’re seeing,” he added. “It’s going to take some time to sink in. … I can’t find the words.”
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen completed the podium, nine seconds off second-place Vatteri Bottas’ rear wing, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc crossing fourth as the final driver on the lead lap.