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Lewis Hamilton nabbed another spot in F1 history last Sunday during the Eifel GP at the Nurburgring, Germany with his 91st victory, matching legendary racer Michael Schumacher’s win record, writes Naman Arora.
The 35-year-old Mercedes driver triumphed over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Renault’s Daniel ‘Honey Badger’ Ricciardo, who came in second and third, respectively.
Hamilton said after the race: “It’s tough to put what this means into words. I remember watching Michael winning all those races when I was a kid and playing racing games with my brother and choosing to play as Michael.
“I dreamed of being there myself, but I don’t think anyone, and especially me, imagined another driver getting anywhere near Michael’s records.”
While teammate Valterri Bottas denied Hamilton the pole position, the British driver overtook Bottas in Lap 13 of 60 after Bottas locked up at Turn 1. Mercedes also had its first ‘Did Not Finish’ of the season as Bottas was forced to retire in Lap 19.
Meanwhile, Ricciardo was all smiles as he took the team’s first podium since he returned to F1 in 2016 and his first podium since Monaco 2018. Per Ricciardo’s bet with his team principal Cyril Abiteboul, Renault’s boss is already dreading getting a Ricciardo-designed tattoo, even though he gets to decide the size and placement.
When asked about it, Ricciardo enigmatically said: “It’s real. It’s going to happen. We’ll have to do some thinking now, but probably it will be something to do with me, but I think with a German flavour. A little tip of the hat to something traditional in Germany as well.”