There was a very special moment following the Eifel Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton matched the all-time win record in Formula 1.
The record of 91 race victories has long been held by Michael Schumacher but he is now joined on the top step by Hamilton after he won the Eifel Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.
As part of the immediate post-race interviews, conducted by David Coulthard, Hamilton was presented with one of Michael Schumacher’s race helmets by Mick Schumacher, who congratulated him on the historic achievement.
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“I’m so honoured. I really appreciate that,” Hamilton told Mick Schumacher after being handed the red Mercedes helmet.
He added: “I don’t even know what to say…when you grow up watching someone and idolising them in terms of the quality of the driver they are and what they are able to continuously do year on year, race on race, week on week.
“I remember playing as Michael on a game called ‘Grand Prix 2’ I think it was! But just seeing his dominance for so long, I don’t think anyone, especially me, would imagine I’d be anywhere near Michael in terms of records.
“So it’s an incredible honour and it will take some time to get used to it.
“Honestly, when I came into the pit lane, it is only then I realised that I had equalled the record. I hadn’t even computed it when I crossed the line.
“I have got to give credit to this incredible team. Everyone is continuing to push behind me and give it their everything. A big, big thank you and huge respect to Michael as well.”
With Valtteri Bottas having to retire with a suspected MGU-H problem, Hamilton took another huge leap to also equalling another one of Schumacher’s records: most Formula 1 World Championships (7).
Hamilton now leads the World Championship by 69 points.
Hamilton then later recalled in the paddock: “I just remember sitting on the couch with my brother and dad watching the races every Sunday and watching Michael storm ahead.
“We used to watch the first half of the race then me and my brother would go play racing games and I would be Michael. I was always Michael. That was when I was 13 or 14.
“He was phenomenal. I did of course dream of one day being here but it was beyond my wildest dreams to be reaching Michael’s wins.
“It’s very, very hard to describe how I am feeling right now.”