Hamilton wins Portuguese Grand Prix to break record for most wins


Lewis Hamilton

Six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton became the most successful Formula One driver of all time in terms of race wins on Saturday with a dominant 92nd career victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver, who took the chequered flag a huge 25.592 seconds ahead of second-placed team mate Valtteri Bottas, had equalled Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s record 91 wins at the previous race at the Nuerburgring.

Victory, along with a bonus point for fastest lap, stretched the Briton’s championship lead over Bottas to 77 points with five races remaining.

Hamilton lapped all but the three drivers behind him but it had not looked so simple at the start when he dropped to third from pole position on a lively opening lap with occasional rain complicating matters

Hamilton wore a face mask with the  words “Black Lives Matter” as he celebrated the historic victory on the podium. As the only Black driver in Formula 1, Hamilton has continually used his position to raise awareness for social issues, such as when he took a knee with other drivers before the Austrian Grand Prix in July and when he wore a shirt that read, “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” before another race.