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On this day in 2020: Hamilton equals Schumacher’s winning record

Lewis Hamilton made history when he equaled Michael Schumacher’s Formula 1 record of race wins at the Eifel Grand Prix on October 11, 2020.

The Brit started second at the Nurburgring but took control of the race on lap 13 when Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas went off the road.

Despite a late safety car, Hamilton stayed calm, crossing the finish line 4.4 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and claiming the 91st win of his remarkable career, 14 years and 10 days after Schumacher’s last Grand Prix triumph in China.

Schumacher’s son Mick presented Hamilton with his father’s crash helmet as a family gift in the moments after the race.

Hamilton said: “I grew up watching Michael win all these Grands Prix and I couldn’t imagine matching him.

“Getting into Formula 1 was the first step of the dream and then emulating Ayrton Senna. But Michael’s record was just so far ahead.

“It’s beyond my wildest dreams to be here today after tying that record and I just feel humbled from that moment. It hasn’t sunken.

“Michael remains a legend in the sport and I am very honored to have one of his helmets.”

Hamilton equaled Schumacher’s record with a seventh Drivers’ World Championship title in 2020. He currently has 103 wins but was denied his eighth Drivers’ title in controversial circumstances last year when Verstappen passed him on the last lap of the last race.

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