HAMILTON MAKES HISTORY WITH 92ND WIN
History has been made in Formula One as Lewis Hamilton crossed the line in first to win at Portimao for his 92nd win after equalling Schumacher's record in the previous race in Germany. Many never thought what Michael achieved would ever be broken but here we are in 2020 a year full of so many surprises. Fans of F1 and even those who don't watch F1 know that we are watching history in the making. From his first win in Canada 2007 to now.
When Formula One last raced in Portimao - Gilles Villeneuve took victory back in 1996 and Lewis Hamilton was just 11 years old.
The final three was one of the most common podiums of Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen. The most common is Hamilton, Rosberg and Vettel.
All the drama this race took place on the first few laps with an exciting start to the race with Bottas taking an early lead with Verstappen being pushed wide into turn two and then rather aggressively coming back onto the track to spin out Perez in the Racing Point who luckily didn't end up in the barrier and was able to continue.
But with Mercedes set to be comfortable throughout it was an early surprise when both Bottas and Hamilton struggled for grip with the McLaren of Carlos Sainz waiting in the wings to pounce at the earliest opportunity and was there to take a surprise lead on lap two and was able to lead up until lap six when eventually both Bottas and Hamilton got back into the top two positions.
Then on lap 18 Stroll (Racing Point) attempted a diving move on the McLaren of Lando Norris - but with heavy winds Stroll made the move and on the exit of turn one span out and clipping Norris leaving them both with damage to their cars- both cars had to pit and dropped down the order. Stroll was later given a five second time penalty for the collision and then again later on in the race for exceeding track limits giving him a ten second time penalty to serve during his final pit stop.
By lap 20 Hamilton was back in front and then simply disappeared into the Algarve hills - eventually winning by a 20 second margin come lap 66.
Nothing really happened after lap 20 apart from some quality wheel to wheel racing. Then 34 laps later on lap 54 Lance Stroll was forced to retire the Racing Point with damage to the floor and other various bits of his car.
As Hamilton looks more and more likely to equal Schumacher's seven world titles we can't forget that Lewis Hamilton is a generational talent - it will take a very special driver to achieve what Lewis achieved today. It doesn't matter if you are a fan or not of Lewis you can only have but respect for what he has achieved.
The next race is the (3rd) Italian Grand Prix - this time held in Imola.