Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes driver, broke the legend, Michael Schumacher, by winning the Spanish Grand Prix, the sixth round of the F1 World Championship, on Sunday, by climbing to the podium for the 156th time against 155 for German driver history.
Hamilton led Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and his Finnish colleague Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) to extend his lead in the World Championship standings to 37 points against Verstappen.
Hamilton have 132 points against 95 for Verstappen and 89 for Potas.
On the other hand, the Mexican Sergio Perez (Racing Bonnet), who missed the last two races after being infected with the Corona virus, finished fourth.
The victory is the fourth this season in 6 races for Hamilton, who started from first place in today’s race, and it is the 88th victory in his career that is only 3 victories away from the equalization of the record for German legend Michael Schumacher.
The Brit seeks to equal Schumacher by winning his seventh world title this season.
Hamilton got off to a good start to keep his first place while Verstappen managed to overtake Bottas, who slipped to fourth at the first corner.
“I felt good during the race,” Hamilton said after the race. “The team put in a lot of effort. I was a bit surprised after we ran into tires in the last race but it looks like we handled better this time.”
“We have studied well the best strategy that can be adopted during the race, especially in terms of preserving the tires of the car as soon as possible,” he added.
The Austrian Mercedes manager Tutu Wolf praised him as saying, “At the moment, Louis is out of tune.”
The Mercedes team suffered its first loss this season last week when Verstappen put an end to his control of the first four races (3 for Hamilton and one for Bottas), but he regained the lead in the Spanish race.
As for Verstappen, he said, “We could not have been better than this result (solutions, second). I did not have the speed of Lewis and it was very important for me to skip Bottas on launch and this is what happened.”
“In the second part of the race, I was happy with my tires, and Bottas could not catch me, so I felt comfortable.”
“We are always trying to improve the performance of the car, but Mercedes continues to work in this regard as well,” he added.
Bottas, who scored the fastest lap in the race, said only, “I lost a place at the start of the race and it is difficult to overtake here.”
Hamilton managed to set a new record by ascending to the podium for the 156th time in his career in 256 races after he was sharing this record with Schumacher as well.
Hamilton has already crossed two numbers for Schumacher as well: starting from the first position (92 versus 68), and from the first line (146 versus 116).
As usual this season, the Ferrari team did not fulfill its hopes as driver Charles Leclerc exited from Monaco shortly after mid-race due to his engine failure, while the driver of the other German Sebastian Vettel finished the race in seventh place.
Drivers rest for a week before competing in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on the current 30th, behind closed doors, as is the case for all races.