Sport F1 2020: History-making Hamilton hunts another Schumacher record
Ricciardo lauds "coolest gift" from Schumacher family to Hamilton
Daniel Ricciardo says Lewis Hamilton being given one of Michael Schumacher's old helmets after matching the German's Formula 1 win record was one of the "coolest" gifts awarded in sportHamilton's triumph in the Eifel Grand Prix last weekend meant he matched Schumacher's tally of 91 F1 victories.
Lewis Hamilton made Formula One history last weekend with a 92nd race win and the Mercedes driver can match another record at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Michael Schumacher won 72 Grands Prix during his time with Ferrari, and six-time world champion Hamilton can reach the tally for the Silver Arrows if he wins at Imola.
The track is back on the calendar for the first time since 2006, though no fans will be able to attend due to a spike in coronavirus cases in Italy.
After his dominant victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix, Hamilton has won nine times this season as he closes in matching Schumacher's haul of seven F1 world titles.
Hamilton can eclipse Schumacher with record-breaking 92nd race victory
Lewis Hamilton will hope his shot at a record 92nd victory today does not go down the drain at the ragged Portimao track. it is a challenging circuit but the infrastructure is a little lacking in F1 sheen.Hosting the Portuguese Grand Prix for the first time, it is a challenging circuit but the infrastructure is a little lacking in Formula One sheen. It was not shock of the century when qualifying — in which Hamilton took pole position — was delayed while the fabric of the place was patched together.
We preview a race which starts at 13:10 local time (12:10 GMT).
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It was a landmark win for Hamilton in Portugal, as the Briton surpassed Schumacher's record of 91 F1 victories.
Hamilton started on pole, but slipped to third place on the second lap before coasting to yet another victory ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.
The 35-year-old leads the championship by 77 points and it is surely only a matter of time before he wraps up a fourth straight world title.
Alex Albon had been challenged by Christian Horner to make an impact in the Algarve, but the Red Bull driver got off to a slow start and never looked likely to challenge for points, ultimately finishing in 12th.
Carlos Sainz faded after a strong start, while Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel finished fourth and 10th respectively.
Hamilton's winning record in numbers - and the Schumacher benchmarks still to be beaten
We take a look at the numbers from Opta after Lewis Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher's Formula One wins record in Portugal.The Mercedes man, who equalled Schumacher's haul of 91 a fortnight earlier in Germany, started from pole but had to recover from a tough start to beat team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Imola has a rich history in F1 - and we're heading back there this weekend
Watch our Top 10 Moments from the Imola archives, including Ralf Schumacher's maiden F1 win in 2001— Formula 1 (@F1)
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR AT IMOLA
Video: Lewis Hamilton wins a record 92 races (The Independent)
All eyes will of course be on Hamilton, but Bottas will be looking to gain some of the limelight.
Bottas is 17 points ahead of Verstappen, and the pair might have to battle it out for second place with Hamilton riding on the crest of a wave.
If Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen finish on the podium at Imola, it will be the second-most repeated top-three in F1 history, behind a top three of Hamilton, Vettel and Nico Rosberg.
Albon will need to start mounting a response to his poor form if he is to cling onto his Red Bull seat next season, while Ferrari's Leclerc has not finished on the podium since the British Grand Prix at the start of August.
Will we EVER learn to love Lewis Hamilton?
Even if you know nothing of Formula One and care still less for the high testosterone sport of motor racing, you will have almost certainly have heard of Lewis Hamilton. There’s Lewis the red carpet regular with a string of glamorous celebrity girlfriends, Lewis the fashion icon with his tattoos, hair braids and bling, Lewis the social activist with a checklist of fashionable causes from veganism to lecturing the world on green issues – a hard sell for a man who flies round the world earning £35million a year to race petrol-guzzling cars.
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Senna's legacy lives on – Ayrton Senna died in an accident at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. The legendary Brazilian took eight pole positions at Imola, more than any other driver at the Italian circuit.
Seven up for Mercedes – Mercedes are 12 points away from claiming the world F1 team championship for a seventh consecutive year, the best run for a team in F1.
History maker – This will be the 32nd different grand prix for Hamilton, who has won more races (27) and taken more pole positions (27) at different Grands Prix than any other driver.
Bottas' conversion issues continue – Bottas has claimed 14 poles in total, yet he has won just won five races after starting at the top of the grid.
Vettel's qualification woe – Vettel has failed to reach Q3 in the last eight qualifying sessions – the worst run in his F1 career. The four-time world champion has gone 15 consecutive races without reaching the podium.
Two years ago
Lewis Hamilton claims world title number five at the end of a hard-fought campaign
And his biggest rival is the first to congratulate him. Respect.— Formula 1 (@F1)
1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 256
2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 179
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 162
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) – 80
5. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 75
1. Mercedes – 435
2. Red Bull – 226
3. Racing Point – 126
4. McLaren – 124
5. Renault – 120
Ralf Schumacher: Haas "a good start" for Mick Schumacher .
Ralf Schumacher sees his nephew Mick Schumacher in the premier class in 2021 - If the conditions at Haas are right, the team is an option "At the moment everyone is talking about Haas, and there they talk about making a rookie team. If that is the case, it is certainly a good start, "says Ralf Schumacher at 'Sky' about the possible jump of his nephew Mick Schumacher from Formula 2 to the premier class.