With his win at the Eifel Grand Prix in Germany, Lewis Hamilton tied Michael Schumacher’s all-time wins record in Formula 1 with 91. Schumacher’s record felt unbeatable because at one point he was 40 wins ahead of the next closet driver. Hamilton can break the record in two weeks at the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao.
Mick Schumacher presented Lewis Hamilton with one of his dad’s race helmets to commemorate his 91st win. This is what Hamilton said when asked what the gesture and the record meant to him:
“I don’t even know what to say. When you grow up watching someone, generally idolized them, in terms of the quality of driver they are but also what they’re able to continuously do year on year, race on race, week on week, with their team.
I don’t think anyone, especially me, thought I’d be anywhere near Michael in terms of records. It’s an incredible honor and it’s going to take some time to get used to. Honestly, as I came into the pit lane that’s only when I realized, I hadn’t even computed it when I crossed the line. I couldn’t have done it without this incredible team pushing behind me and giving it their everything. A very big thank you and a huge respect to Michael.”
Hamilton reached his current tally on his 261st Formula 1 race start. Schumacher reached 91 wins at his 247th start, the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix. Most of Hamilton’s 91 wins came in the “Hybrid Era” of Formula 1… when Mercedes really shined and became the dominant team and Hamilton was the beneficiary.
Since 2014, Hamilton won 68 of 126 possible starts during. To put this in perspective, Sebastian Vettel is third on the wins list with 53 wins in 13 years. Hamilton has 68 in six years. Hamilton can match Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula 1 World Championships later this year.