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F1: Lewis Hamilton breaks yet another Schumacher record as Mercedes sweep Spanish GP front row

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Valteri Bottas, by the barest of margins, finished third (Picture Source: Twitter)

Yet another record has been broken by Lewis Hamilton in Spain last afternoon after he surpassed the Legend Michael Schumacher’s (155) record of most podium finishes, taking his tally to 156.

With 7 world championships and over 91 race victories he is inching closer to becoming statistically the greatest driver Formula1 has ever seen.

Hamilton had no problems with his tyre as he cruised past the finish at the Spanish Grand Prix 24 seconds ahead of Max, extending his championship lead to 37 points. Valteri Bottas by 20 odd seconds fell third behind of Max Verstappen, same as in the race and the drivers’ championship standings.

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Sergio Perez on Racing Point, finished fourth ahead of his teammate Lance Stroll after having missed the first two races due to Covid-19. Carlos Sainz finished sixth with his McLaren.

To split them was the best we could do today,” Verstappen said.

We didn’t have the speed of Lewis and it was important to get past Valtteri at the start,” he added.

Bottas said: “I lost a place at the start and that was it – it’s so difficult to pass around here.” 

“Wow, I was in another zone then,” said Hamilton. “I didn’t even know it was the fastest lap.  Thank you everyone… I was in a daze. Fantastic effort by team.

The winding 4.7-kilometer ( 2.9-mile) Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya had extreme track temperatures of about 50 degrees C (122 F), which concerned Mercedes of catching too much heat with their new colours.

“These black overalls are hot,” Bottas said during the race.

It was another struggling day for Ferrari as Sebastian Vettel finished seventh in what is supposed to be his last year with this team. Charles Leclerc did not finish as his engine cut out on track during the 41st lap.

Adding to the points were Alexander Albon with his Red Bull Racing Honda to finish eighth followed by Pierre Gasly on his Alphatauri Honda and Landon Norris on his McLaren finishing tenth.

When asked about his achievement Hamilton said: “I don’t really know what to say to those things,” he told F1’s official website about the record. “I think it’s just very strange. All of us drivers grew up watching Michael and dreaming of one day being here.”

“What is happening right now is far beyond what I dreamed as a kid, and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity we’re given every day. I think Michael was an incredible athlete and driver, and I always feel really humbled and really honoured to be mentioned in the same light as a driver like him, and Ayrton, and Fangio. It’s pretty cool,” he added.

 

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 66 1:31:45.279 25
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 66 +24.177s 18
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 66 +44.752s 16
4 18 Lance Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 65 +1 lap 12
5 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 65 +1 lap 10
6 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 65 +1 lap 8
7 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 65 +1 lap 6
8 23 Alexander Albon RED BULL RACING HONDA 65 +1 lap 4
9 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 65 +1 lap 2
10 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 65 +1 lap 1
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 65 +1 lap 0
12 26 Daniil Kvyat ALPHATAURI HONDA 65 +1 lap 0
13 31 Esteban Ocon RENAULT 65 +1 lap 0
14 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 65 +1 lap 0
15 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 65 +1 lap 0
16 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 65 +1 lap 0
17 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 65 +1 lap 0
18 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 64 +2 laps 0
19 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 64 +2 laps 0
NC 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 38 DNF 0

Courtesy: formula1.com

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