Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher's F1 wins record with Eifel GP victory

Despite a late safety car, Hamilton kept his cool to cross the line 4.4 seconds clear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and claim the 91st win of his remarkable career, 14 years and 10 days after Schumacher’s final grand prix triumph in China.

And when pole-sitter Bottas held his nerve to keep the six-time world champion at bay through the opening two bends it looked as though Hamilton’s drive into the history books would be put on hold.

Here, his son Mick, expected to be racing against Hamilton in F1 next season, watched on from inside the Alfa Romeo garage as his father’s winning haul was equalled.

Aged 22, the Englishman claimed his first triumph in just his sixth appearance at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix – bursting on to the global sporting stage in a breakthrough campaign for McLaren – and he has won at least one race in each of the 14 seasons in which he has competed.

On a smooth afternoon at a cold Nurburgring, the sole threat to Hamilton’s victory arrived with 10 laps remaining when the safety car – deployed after Lando Norris conked out in his McLaren – came into the pits.

The Dutchman, the only driver in the same class as Hamilton, finished ahead of former Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo with Racing Point’s Sergio Perez fourth and Carlos Sainz sixth for McLaren.

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