There is little doubt that Lewis Hamilton is one of the best drivers to have been behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car, but on Sunday the British superstar took another step towards becoming the best ever. Lewis Hamilton won the Grand Prix of the Eifel on Sunday, equaling the great Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 F1 race victories. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who was offered a Ferrari in 2002 by Michael Schumacher on behalf of Fiat, praised Hamilton and said he always loved the Brit’s “grit and balanced aggression while driving the @ F1 car”.
“Since the time you started the sport you have been very special. I have always loved your grit and balanced aggression while driving the @ F1 car. Congratulations on your 91st GP victory which equals Schumacher’s record I wish you all the best for the future, ‘tweeted the Indian batter on Monday.
Since you started the sport you have been very special.
I’ve always loved your grit and balanced aggression when driving @ F1 car.
Congratulations on your 91st GP win, equal to Schumacher’s record. I wish you all the best for the future. pic.twitter.com/iPMKsiqshU
– Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 12, 2020
The victory in Germany was Hamilton’s seventh of 11 races this year. The current world champion is fast on his way to another driver’s title, trailing teammate Valteri Bottas by 69 points.
However, Hamilton got a helping hand during a hectic Eifel GP. Bottas started the race on pole and looked comfortable in the lead, but one mistake proved costly as he locked his tires and had to make an early pit stop.
Bottas’ race went from bad to worse as he had to stop with engine problems, forcing Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to battle it out for victory.
Hamilton kept a cool head and took the checkered flag for Verstappen with a measured drive with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo in third.
In a moving tribute to the British star, Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick Hamilton presented one of his father’s racing helmets.
“Seeing Michael’s dominance for so long, I don’t think anyone in particular could ever think of getting close to Michael in terms of records,” Hamilton said.
(With AFP inputs)
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