Lewis Hamilton’s dominant victory at the Spanish Grand Prix saw him surpass yet another Formula 1 record previously held by the great Michael Schumacher

A dominant win on Sunday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya gave Hamilton another outright record, as he overtook Schumacher’s tally of 155 podium finishes. 

After taking the chequered flag for the 88th time in his grand prix career, Hamilton is now just three victories shy of matching Schumacher’s all-time record of 91 wins. 

And the 35-year-old Briton, who is already F1’s pole position king - having topped qualifying for the 92nd time on Saturday in Barcelona - remains on course to equal Schumacher’s unrivalled feat of winning seven drivers world titles this year. 

Hamilton’s fourth win from the opening six races in 2020 has catapulted him into a 37-point championship lead over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, while he is 43 points clear of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas

“I don’t really know what to say to those things, it’s just very strange,” Hamilton responded when made aware of his latest achievement. 

“All of us drivers here grew up watching Michael and one day being here. What is happening right now is far beyond what I dreamed as a kid. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity that I’m given every day. 

“I think Michael was obviously an incredible athlete and driver, and so I just always feel really humbled and honoured to be mentioned in the same light as a driver like him and Ayrton [Senna] and [Juan Manuel] Fangio. It’s pretty cool. I hope the Hamilton family are proud also.”

More stats and facts from the Spanish GP: 

- Hamilton has now won four successive Spanish Grands Prix, something he has previously achieved at Silverstone and United States Grand Prix venue COTA. 

- Hamilton has now gone 73 consecutive grands prix since he last failed to finish a race or score a point - the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix.

- Only three cars finished on the lead lap in Spain, the fewest since Austria in 2018. 

- Valtteri Bottas claimed his 50th career podium finish in F1. He is now one rostrum short of matching fellow Finn Mika Hakkinen

- Bottas also prevented Hamilton from securing his seventh career grand slam (pole, fastest lap, leading every lap) by setting the fastest lap of the race. 

- Kimi Raikkonen has now completed more distance than any other driver in F1 races - equivalent to two laps around the world. The previous record-holder was his former Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso, who clocked 83,846km. At the previous 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Raikkonen also completed the most laps in his career with 16,845, passing the previous record held by Michael Schumacher. 

- Lance Stroll matched Racing Point’s best-ever Spanish Grand Prix result with fourth place. 

- Home hero Carlos Sainz equalled his strongest ever result at the Spanish Grand Prix with P6. The McLaren driver has never finished lower than ninth at his home event. 

- Ferrari’s qualifying result of P9 (Charles Leclerc) and P11 (Sebastian Vettel) was its worst ever at the Spanish Grand Prix. 

- With seventh place, Sebastian Vettel recorded his lowest finish at the Spanish Grand Prix since he retired on the last lap in 2008 when driving for Toro Rosso. 

- Teammate Leclerc suffered the first mechanical retirement of his Ferrari career. 

 

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