Lewis Hamilton (UK) has achieved a ground-breaking record in Formula One’s history by breaking the record for the most Formula One Grand Prix wins by a driver.
His win of the Portuguese Grand Prix yesterday (25 October 2020) was his 92nd Grand Prix victory, leading him to break the record he previously tied with racing legend Michael Schumacher (Germany), who won 91.
NINETY TWO WINS 🤯 Today is beyond my wildest dreams. I couldn’t be here today without my team, continuously innovating and pushing the barrier in this game. I’m so grateful to have you guys by my side through this journey... pic.twitter.com/uNNFY6eLED— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) October 25, 2020
The plant-based athlete had his Formula 1 debut in 2007 and has been breaking records ever since.
In addition to being the six-time world champion, he holds a staggering 19 Guinness World Record titles – only two of which he ties with others.
The year 2020 especially has seen Hamilton smashing records left and right.
July saw him tie with Schumacher for the most wins at the same Formula One Grand Prix, both achieving eight. Hamilton at the Hungarian Grand Prix and Schumacher at the French Grand Prix.
Then under a month later, on August 16, he broke the record for the most Formula One podium finishes with 156.
Later, on 13 September at the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix, he broke the record for most Formula One circuits on which a driver has secured pole position with 28 - which is now 29 following the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix.
On the same day he also broke the record for the most Formula One circuits on which a driver has won, with 27 - again, this has now increased to 28 after his win on Sunday.
Now, in October, he’s broken Schumacher's record for Grand Prix wins - formerly thought unbreakable.
After his win, Hamilton tweeted and posting on Instagram saying; "I’m thinking of Michael today, I will forever have the utmost admiration and respect for you, it’s truly been an honour to be mentioned in the same sentence as you..."
Schumacher, now 51 years old, still holds eight of the records he set during his racing career, including most Formula One hat-tricks by a driver (22) and most Formula One fastest laps in a career (77).
He of course also still holds the record for the most Formula One World Championships with seven victories.
However, Hamilton is hot on his tail to tie with six wins of his own - it may well be his next record-breaking milestone this year!