LEWIS MATCHES MICHAEL!
On this day, Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher's record of 91 race wins.
Lewis Hamilton overcame fierce battles with teammate Valtteri Bottas and fellow title rival, RedBull's Max Verstappen, to breeze home to victory at the Eifel Grand Prix, held at the Nürburgring.
Starting with a slight disadvantage, Hamilton battled Bottas who started on pole position, right until The Finn's Mercedes W11 encountered power unit issues and he began to drop back and eventually retire.
Once Bottas was no longer in the equation, Verstappen duly stepped up as next to bring the fight to Hamilton. However, Hamilton had the perfect balance in his car, with his power unit working perfectly, while he managed his tyres very well.
He was chased into the pits by Max during a virtual safety car owing to George Russell's stricken Williams after he was biffed out the race by Kimi Raikkonen.
Hamilton was even held in the box for longer than intended due to Max trundling down the live lane in the pits to his mechanics. Thankfully for Lewis, he was not hindered by this inconvenience and went on to establish a healthy lead until the FULL safety car was deployed.
This was a result of Lando Norris' smouldering McLaren positioned just off track. This naturally bunched the field back up and lead to an extended safety car period while Norris' MCL35 was cleared and the lapped drivers, un-lapped themselves and then caught the back of the pack.
In the interim, both Hamilton AND Verstappen complained that firstly the safety car was lapping too slow to keep optimal temperature in the tyres and brakes, and secondly, that once the McLaren was cleared, the safety car had outstayed it's welcome.
Two laps later however, the safety car peeled into the pits and the green flag re-emerged. Verstappen had tried to sit on the gearbox of Hamilton going into the final corner, only to be pantsed once Lewis got back up to racing speed.
Hamilton streaked away as the race rolled on, pumping in lap records in short succession, looking like he was going to bag himself an extra point for the Fastest Lap of the race, to go with the 25 he was on course for, for the race win.
Ultimately, Verstappen secured the fastest lap on the last lap but it was the Brit who had the last laugh as he won the first-ever Eifel GP and in the process, created history in FORMULA 1 once again.
Lewis Hamilton now sits beside the 7-time world driver's champion as the most winningest driver in F1 history. He pretty much nailed on now to tie Schumacher in driver's championship titles as early as the Turkish Grand Prix if he continues winning consecutive races.
The top 3 of the driver's championship standings currently reads:
1st place, Hamilton - 230, 2nd place, Bottas - 161 and 3rd place, Verstappen - 147 points.
Hamilton did warn earlier in the year that he would be out to dominate the season in 2020 and he has not disappointed on that remark as he took his 7th win of the campaign.
With 6 races remaining, it'll be captivating to see if Hamilton can win at least three of them and how Bottas and Verstappen will try to prevent him from doing so.
After the race, a beautiful moment was shared after the race as Michael Schumacher's son Mick, was invited to briefly interrupted Hamilton's post-race interview with David Coulthard, to present the Brit with his father's 2012 race worn helmet as a mark of respect. 2012 marked the end of Michael's second stint in the sport, and the helmet, now in Hamilton's possession, is wonderful item of memorabilia as the great man is not medically able to attend races following his skiing accident in 2013.
On behalf of all of F1, I sincerely hope that Michael Schumacher recovers from the injuries he suffered and he can enjoy the sport he gave so much to for over 20 years. #KeepFightingMichael
The photographs and videos of the gesture will live in time forever, and we all hope that one day, Michael will be well enough to be in the F1 paddock in person.