Formula One

Historic 91st Win for Hamilton in Germany

Lewis Hamilton. 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, Saturday. Image from Mercedes Media Archives.

Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes won the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix to mark his 91st Formula One career victory. By doing so, Hamilton matched the all-time victory record set by Michael Schumacher in 2006. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second, while also snatching the fastest lap of the race at the last possible moment. Daniel Ricciardo finally got his first Renault podium, as well as, Renault’s first podium since the 2011 Malaysian GP. Although he is set to leave the team for McLaren at the end of the season, this podium clearly marks Renault’s progress and determination to challenge even the leaders.

Sergio Perez with Racing Point and Carlos Sainz with McLaren finished in P4 and P5, respectively. Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly managed to pass Charles Leclerc and took the 6th place away from the Ferrari driver. Right behind them, Nico Hulkenberg finished 8th for Racing Point, which was a really good result considering Hulk’s 20th qualifying place from yesterday. Romain Grosjean took his first points of 2020 by scoring a P9 for Haas, while Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi snatched away the last point of the race.

Sebastian Vettel with Ferrari finished exactly where he started – in P11, while Kimi Raikkonen with Alfa Romeo finished 12th. Today’s race marked Kimi’s 323th career start, which is a new record for the sport. Kevin Magnussen with Haas finished 13th, ahead of Williams’ Nicholas Latifi. Daniil Kvyat with Alpha Tauri was the last man to see the checkered flag today in P15.

On lap 15, Kimi Raikkonen attempted to pass George Russell at turn 1. Unfortunately for Russell, Kimi could not brake in time and the two of them collided, which took the Williams driver out of the race and caused a virtual safety car. Their incident was investigated and resulted in a 10-second time penalty for Raikkonen.

Valtteri Bottas had to retire his Mercedes on lap 19 after enormous loss of power. The pole-sitter was disappointed to receive his engineer’s call on the radio, however, no effective solutions were offered to him. This opened a wide door to Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for the fight for the win.

On lap 23, a brake failure forced Esteban Ocon’s Renault to crawl into the pits. Just a lap later, Alex Albon with Red Bull, who had also received a 10-second time penalty for the contact with Daniil Kvyat, also retired his car by parking into the garage. On lap 26, Lando Norris complained on the radio that his McLaren was loosing power. Although he somehow managed to resolve the issues temporarily, his car broke down completely on lap 44. This caused the first safety car of the race.

You can check the official results HERE.

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