Formula 1 fans will never forget this October 25, 2020. In a particular season, disrupted by the Covid-19, Lewis Hamilton exceeds, with 92 successes, the historical record of Michael schumacher. In Portimao, a new track in F1, the Briton had to work to write history, his own history, his legend.
A more than eventful start
However, and while he was starting from pole position, Lewis Hamilton probably did not expect to experience a Grand Prix, his 262nd career, so eventful. While several drivers felt a few drops of rain during the formation lap, the start illuminated the eyes of the followers, and of the few spectators present in the south of Portugal.
From the first laps on the track, a surprising Carlos Sainz took the lead in the Grand Prix, followed by Bottas and Hamilton, guilty of a small error in a fast turn. Behind, while Verstappen and Perez clung, Kimi Raikkonen had a wonderful start to climb to 6th place. Only, very quickly, the softer tires lost their rhythm. Sainz and Raikkonen were the main victims of this phenomenon, losing many positions. In the lead until the 6th lap, the Spaniard ceded his position to Valtteri Bottas. Within three laps, the McLaren driver was ejected from the provisional podium. At this point, Lewis Hamilton, in search of a major feat, was in second place a few seconds behind his teammate.
But, at the cost of a perfect management of his medium tires, the Briton will make 40 laps on his first train, Hamilton erased Bottas to take the lead of the race. Further, the French Pierre Gasly, at the wheel of his Alpha Tauri, which started in 9th position, made a good comeback to climb to 5th place before making his first stop.
Hamilton in control
Far ahead of everyone, the Briton could almost celebrate his 92nd success in Formula 1. Behind him, Valtteri Bottas was content, as too often, with a second place. In front of Max Verstappen, Imperial after his first lap collision with Pérez, who was sailing far ahead Charles Leclerc which confirmed its status as leader within a failing Scuderia Ferrari. Pierre Gasly, driving his Alpha Tauri, obtained a new place of honor by finishing 5th, just ahead of Carlos Sainz.
Sergio Pérez, yet the author of an aggressive defense on Pierre Gasly who could have deserved a penalty, finished 7th, just ahead of the Renault de Ricciardo and D’Ocon. In the constructors’ standings, Racing Point retains its 3rd place, 2 points ahead of McLaren and 6 over Renault. The fight promises to be intense until the end of the season.
Imperial, Lewis Hamilton now has 76 points ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the drivers’ world championship with 5 races to go. The Briton is getting a little closer to his 7th title and the record of Michael schumacher.