Hamilton Equals Schumacher’s Win Record To Extend Championship Lead

Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas retired from the Eifel Grand Prix due to a mechanical issue.

Lewis Hamilton has won the Eifel Grand Prix to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Formula One grand prix victories and extend his lead in the Championship to 69 points.

Hamilton started the race second on the grid and momentarily overtook team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the first sequence of corners, before the Finn quickly retook the lead.

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Lewis Hamilton later capitalised on Bottas locking up into turn one to take the lead of the grand prix.

A few laps later, Bottas retired from the race with an engine problem, bringing Max Verstappen up into second.

Daniel Ricciardo also benefitted from Bottas’ DNF, managing to cling onto third position to score Renault’s first podium since they returned to Formula One in 2016.

Sergio Perez had a strong race to finish in P4, ahead of Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc.

Nico Hulkenberg also put in an impressive performance on his return to Formula One to finish in eight position.

Romain Grosjean finished in ninth to score his first points of the season, while Antonio Giovinazzi brought his Alfa Romeo home in tenth.

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Outgoing Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel finished his home grand prix just outside the points in 11th, one place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who set a new record for the most F1 grand prix starts this weekend.

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