British driver Lewis Hamilton passed Valtteri Bottas to take a commanding victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix and break Formula 1’s all-time win record.
Lewis Hamilton dropped to third in a manic first two laps that ended with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz leading, but fought back to crush Bottas’ hopes.
After both Mercedes passed Sainz, Hamilton tracked Bottas before taking the lead on lap 20.
From there, Hamilton dominated to take his 92nd career Grand Prix victory.
Lewis Hamilton applause Mercedes
Following the victory, Hamilton received a standing ovation from the socially distanced crowd.
He then celebrated with team members and then a long embrace with father Anthony before applauding his team.
“I really owe it all to Mercedes team for their teamwork, continually innovating and pushing the barrier even higher every year.”
“It’s such a privilege working with them. It really is absolutely incredible.”
“I could only ever have dreamed of being where I am today,” Hamilton said before adding.
“I didn’t have a magic ball when I chose to come to this team and partner with these great people, but here I am.”
“Everything we do together – we are all rowing in the same direction and that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.”
“And my dad’s here and my step mum Linda, and Roscoe (Hamilton’s dog). It is going to take some time for it to fully sink in.”
“I was still pushing flat out as I came across the line. I can’t find the words at the moment,” he added.
Portuguese grand prix win gave Hamilton a 77-point advantage in the championship as he moves ever closer to a seventh world title.
This would match Schumacher’s other surviving record of most championship titles.
Hamilton has won a race in every season he has contested and in machinery that has not always been the best.
He has won titles in arguably inferior equipment in 2007 and possibly in 2017 and 2018.
Next weekend, F1 moves on to Imola in Italy, an historic, challenging and popular track which holds a race for the first time since 2006.