Schumacher’s son hands dad’s helmet to Lewis Hamilton to celebrate F1 wins record
Written by on 11 October 2020
Lewis Hamilton has been handed one of Michael Schumacher’s race helmets by the German great’s son after equalling his race wins record.
Fourteen years and 10 days after Schumacher won his last race in China, Hamilton joined the German at the top of F1’s all-time table.
Hamilton, 35, is a six-time F1 World Champion, having won five of the last six seasons.
His 91st race win came in the Eifel Grand Prix.
Schumacher’s son Mick presented race helmet as a surprise while Hamilton was answering questions from reporters.
“Congratulations, and this is from all of us,” he said, adding that it was “a great achievement”.
With a handshake, Hamilton replied: “I really am honoured man, thank you so much. Such an honour.”
He briefly inspected the helmet, and then held it aloft in victory.
Alongside his joint record with Michael Schumacher, Hamilton now holds the record for career points (3661), pole positions (96) podium finishes (160) and the most championship points in a single season (413).
Max Verstappen came second for Red Bull Racing, 4.4 seconds behind the Briton, and took away the fastest lap point from Hamilton on the final tour at the Nuerburgring circuit in Nuerburg, western Germany.
Daniel Ricciardo held on to third place for his first podium for Renault, while Racing Point’s Sergio Perez came fourth, and Carlos Sainz fifth for McLaren.
Hamilton started second on the grid, but took the lead early on, while teammate Valterri Bottas retired with a power failure.
Although Hamilton has not yet signed a contract for next season with Mercedes, he has said he feels he can continue to race for several years more.
The race took place 52 miles from Schumacher’s home town of Kerpen.
Hamilton said: “When you grow up watching someone and you generally idolise someone… I remember playing Michael on the game on Grand Prix 2, but seeing his dominance for so long – I don’t think anyone would imagine I would be anywhere near Michael.
“It’s going to have to take some time to get used to.”
Hamilton currently has the lead in this season’s F1 driver standings with 230 points, ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas on 161, and Max Verstappen on 147.