Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has added his name in the record books.

German F1 driver Michael Schumacher set the open wheel racing sport on fire when he set the record for career wins with 91 wins and seven F1 championships – a record some thought would stand for generations. It has been eight years since Schumacher retired from racing.

On October 25, 2020 Hamilton notched his 92nd win by taking the checkered flag at the Portuguese Grand Prix; eclipsing Schumacher’s record.

Currently sitting at the top of the standings, Hamilton has won eight races so far this season and has 256 points – 77 points ahead of second place driver Valtteri Bottas – Hamilton is set to tie Schumacher’s seven championships.

The 35 year old driver achieved his 92 wins with 262 starts – winning about 35 percent of the time; while Schumacher won 91 races in 306 starts – winning about 30 percent of the time. Hamilton also holds the record for pole wins with 97 and podium finishes with 161.

Ironically, it was Hamilton who took over driving the Mercedes when Schumacher retired in 2013. He made his F1 debut in 2007 driving for McLaren at the age of 22.

The British driver has the tattoo “Still I Rise” – the title of a poem by American Civil Right activist Maya Angelou – on his back.

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