Lewis Hamilton secured his 91st F1 profession victory on the Eifel GP to equal Michael Schumacher’s all-time record for probably the most race wins in F1. Max Verstappen adopted him throughout the road in 2nd place, whereas Valtteri Bottas’ early retirement allowed Daniel Ricciardo to safe 3rd place.
- Hamilton wins, 4.470 secs forward of Verstappen
- Ricciardo palms Renault its first podium since F1 return
- Hulkenberg goes from 20th to 8th on cameo look
Hamilton matches Schumacher’s record
The chilly situations on the Nurburgring, with the air temperature remaining within the vary of 8-10C all through the race, set the drivers up for large problem. Despite making a blistering getaway, Hamilton was unable to steal the lead from his Mercedes teammate Bottas.
Unfortunately for Bottas, the race went downhill for him quickly after. He misplaced the lead to Hamilton on lap 13 after working huge at Turn 1, solely to then retire because of an influence unit difficulty. From there on, Hamilton survived a security automobile re-start and loved a comparatively unchallenged run to victory.
With this, Hamilton has achieved a feat that many thought can be unassailable – that of matching Michael Schumacher’s record for probably the most wins in F1. The British driver has been steadily re-writing the F1 record books. With a seventh championship win inside grasp, he’s effectively on his manner to equal Schumacher’s record for probably the most F1 world titles as effectively.
After the race, Hamilton was offered with considered one of Schumacher’s helmets by the seven-time F1 world champion’s son, and present F2 chief, Mick Schumacher. The gravity of simply what he had achieved was not misplaced on Hamilton.
“I don’t think anyone and especially me, didn’t imagine that I’d be anywhere near Michael in terms of records so it’s an incredible honour and going to take some time to get used to. A big, big thank you and huge respect to Michael,” he mentioned.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 11, 2020
Renault’s first podium since F1 return
Red Bull Racing confirmed marked enchancment in efficiency on the Nurburgring. But Verstappen was unable to actually match Hamilton’s tempo and had to accept 2nd place. He did, nonetheless, bag an extra level for setting the quickest lap.
Meanwhile, Bottas’ retirement opened up a spot on the rostrum, with Ricciardo and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez being the principle contenders vying for that spot. Ultimately, Ricciardo was ready to maintain off Perez to end 3rd and take his first podium end for the reason that 2018 Monaco GP. This additionally palms Renault their first podium consequence since they returned to F1 in 2016. As half of a bigger restructuring throughout the Renault Group, the workforce shall be rebranded as Alpine from subsequent yr.
“It’s been a while. To be honest, it feels like the first podium all over again. We’ve all waited a long time for this, so we’re going to soak it up,” beamed Ricciardo after the race.
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz completed 5th, whereas AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly pulled off a late move of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to take 6th place.
Hulkenberg goes from final to 8th at Eifel GP
It was a whirlwind of a weekend for Nico Hulkenberg. On Saturday morning, the German didn’t even know he can be racing this weekend and mere hours later he was drafted in as a last-minute alternative for an unwell Lance Stroll.
With no time to slot in even a single apply lap, it was comprehensible that he slotted his Racing Point automobile in final place in qualifying. But he pulled off an unbelievable drive within the race to go from 20th to 8th place.
Haas’ Romain Grosjean secured his first factors end this yr with a 9th place consequence, whereas Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi fended off Sebastian Vettel to spherical out the highest 10.
Overall, the Eifel GP proved to be an attrition-heavy race. Along with Bottas, Red Bull Racing’s Alexander Albon, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Renault’s Esteban Ocon all suffered mechanical failures. Williams’ George Russell was one other driver who didn’t full the race after he was taken out by Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 1.
F1 2020 drivers’ championship standings
Hamilton has cemented his lead within the F1 2020 championship along with his Eifel GP win. He now leads by 69 factors from Bottas.
Bottas has taken a giant hit due to his retirement and is now simply 14 factors forward of Verstappen. Meanwhile, Ricciardo has leapfrogged to 4th place general, however he’s but a hefty 69 factors behind Verstappen.
The F1 paddock will now head to an all-new monitor, Portimao, for the Portuguese GP on October 23-25. You can head right here to try the full F1 2020 calendar.
2020 Eifel GP outcomes
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