On Sunday, Lewis Hamilton set a new world record for the most Grand Prix wins in Formula 1 history. The British driver who had won his 92nd race victory surpassed Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins and became the world’s best driver in terms of wins. If you are trying to fuel up the excitement by betting on Formula 1 and look for a place to do it, open a betting account via an agent.
First-Ever Grand Prix in Portimão
Formula 1 returned to Portugal after 24 years with a brand-new track: Algarve International Circuit in Portimão. Autodromo do Algarve became the 73rd different circuit to host a Formula 1 race. Before Portugal took a break from hosting Formula 1, the last race was held in 1996 in Estoril Circuit outside Lisbon. So this year, the Portuguese Grand Prix wasn’t on the original schedule. The opening rounds of the 2020 Formula 1 championship were affected deeply by the coronavirus pandemic. Multiple Grands Prix were canceled or postponed to another date. After the cancellation of the opening race in Australia, FIA promptly had to draft a new calendar.
Hamilton had already shown a great record by winning at all of the new tracks that weren’t on the original schedule before: Mugello and Nürburgring Circuits. Now, winning in Portimão as well, we can totally say that he went for a hat-trick on the new circuits!
About the Quali and the Race
The current world champion had always come in second to Bottas throughout all three practice sessions and the first two sections of qualifying. He was also slower after the first few runs in Q3 in Portimão. Suddenly, Lewis Hamilton presented his best lap of the weekend at the very last moments to topple Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. With this move, he secured a sensational 97th pole position in his career and 9th in this year’s championship.
On Sunday, starting at the very front Hamilton didn’t show exactly a great start. After a couple of seconds leading the first lap, teammate Bottas swapped up to the first place, then onto the third lap, Carlos Sainz of the McLaren team was the name leading. All of this happening at the front, some actions were going on at the back as well. Perez made very good progress after spinning and dropping back to the bottom as he had contact with Verstappen in the first lap. Later he rose to 5th place again but finished the race in 7th place in the end. Yet he was worthy to be chosen as the driver of the day.
Kimi Raikkonen was another name who impressed the spectators with a very good start. Finn driver who started the race at the 16th place, suddenly moved up 10 places and joined the front action in the 6th place by the end of the second lap.
Sainz’s happiness didn’t take much longer as Bottas taking the lead back in the sixth lap. From that point until the end it was a battle between Bottas and Hamilton to lead the race. While the nineteenth lap was coming to an end, Hamilton showed a great pace and take the lead back over.
At the end of the fortieth lap, Hamilton pitted with a 10 seconds difference to his teammate. Although 7 laps left to finish the race, he had a cramp on his leg, he still reached the 92nd win by keeping his place very comfortably in the rest of the race. Also setting the fastest lap throughout the race.
Hamilton explained the exciting first moments of the race like this:
“Today was tough… They said it was going to rain straight after the race but we got some spitting just after the start and I got a good start. Going into Turn 7, I had a huge oversteer moment and we didn’t know what was next so I really backed off massively and arguably I probably should have tried to defend from Valtteri. But I was like, ‘I’ll come back later on’, and fortunately that’s what I was able to do.
Also, when he was asked what it meant for him to take a record-breaking 92nd win, he commented:
“It’s going to take some time for to fully sink in, but I was still pushing flat-out coming across the line. I’m still very much in race mode mentally… I can’t find the words at the moment.”
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