More history for Lewis Hamilton as he wins 92nd career grand prix in Portugal

F1 Grand Prix of Portugal

Lewis Hamilton has been crowned the most victorious driver in Formula One history following his crushing 92nd career win in Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix.

A fortnight after he drew level with Michael Schumacher in Germany, Hamilton now stands alone in the record books after taking the chequered flag at Portimao 25.5 seconds clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton is poised to become the sport's most successful driver of all time as early as next month, with a seventh world championship certain to follow this season.

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The Englishman's victory here moved him 77 points clear of Bottas with just 130 points to play for. Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished third ahead of the Ferrari driver of Charles Leclerc.

Hamilton said afterwards: "It is going to take some time to fully sink in. I cannot find the words at the moment.

"My dad is here, which is amazing, and my step-mum Linda too and my dog Roscoe so it is a blessed day.

"I could have only ever dreamed of being where I am today. didn't have a magic ball when I came to Mercedes but here I am and as a team we are trying to make the most of it."

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PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 25: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates his record breaking 92nd race win on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020 in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain after his record breaking 92nd win at the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, right, is congratulated by his father Anthony Hamilton after his record breaking 92nd win at the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020 in Portimao. (Photo by JOSE SENA GOULAO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOSE SENA GOULAO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain jumps out of his car after his record breaking 92nd win at the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton adjusts his protective face mask in the parc ferme after the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020 in Portimao. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves after winning the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, left, jubilates after his record breaking 92nd win at the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy, left, and Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France steer their cars during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain holds up the trophy on the podium after his record breaking win during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Fans sit behind a fence as they watch the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Crew cheer on Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain as he crosses the finish line to win the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen of Denmark, left, steers his car during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy steers his car followed by Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Rudy Carezzevoli, Pool via AP)
Mclaren driver Carlos Sainz of Spain is followed by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, center, steers his car during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Red Bull driver Alexander Albon of Thailand, left, steers his car during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car back to the parc ferme after the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020 in Portimao. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Racing Point's Canadian driver Lance Stroll and McLaren's British driver Lando Norris crash during the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020 in Portimao. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 25: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates his record breaking 92nd race win in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020 in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, left, steers his car during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands at the finish after clocking the third fastest time during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gives the thumbs up after clocking the fastest time during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Hamilton will take pole position for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix which takes place on Sunday. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gets out of his car after clocking the fastest time during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France, left, steers his car during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Stewatds check a manhole on the track during the third free practice session for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Rafael Marchante, Pool via AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during the third practice session prior to the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, Pool)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates in the parc ferme with his team after taking the pole position after the qualifying session at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 24, 2020 in Portimao ahead of the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by JOSE SENA GOULAO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOSE SENA GOULAO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
McLaren's British driver Lando Norris drives during the qualifying session at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 24, 2020 in Portimao ahead of the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Armando Franca / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ARMANDO FRANCA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Track marshals watch Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel during the third practice session at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 24, 2020 in Portimao ahead of the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by JOSE SENA GOULAO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOSE SENA GOULAO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Alfa Romeo's Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi drives during the third practice session at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 24, 2020 in Portimao ahead of the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Briton added: "I had cramp in my right calf so I was lifting down the straight because it felt like it was about to pull but I had to get through it."

Hamilton was an 11-year-old boy dominating Britain's karting scene the last time a Formula One grand prix was staged in Portugal in 1996. Little did Hamilton know then, that 24 years later he would break F1's all-time win record – a tally many thought would never be bettered following Schumacher's 91st win at the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix.

For the opening six laps, Hamilton's quest for history appeared in grave danger following a bizarre start to the 12th of 17 rounds under overcast and blustery Algarve skies.

After taking pole on Saturday, Hamilton retained the lead on the downhill gallop to the opening bend, but halfway round the first lap he had fallen to third, passed by Bottas and then McLaren's Carlos Sainz, who started seventh.

A smattering of rain drops and cooler conditions meant Hamilton was off the mark in getting his medium-compound rubber up to speed, and team-mate Bottas, on the same rubber was also struggling.

Indeed, by the end of a frantic first lap – which also saw Verstappen collide with Racing Point's Sergio Perez at the fourth corner – Sainz, starting on the speedier soft tyres, had taken the lead.

The briefest of showers soon abated and normal order started to resume, with Bottas retaking the lead on lap six and Hamilton moving past Sainz to take second on the ensuing lap.

At that stage, Bottas appeared in control, but it was not long before Hamilton's brilliance came to the fore. On laps 17, 18 and 19, Hamilton set a hat-trick of fastest laps and Bottas's two-second lead had evaporated. Then, on the run down to Turn 1 on lap 20, Hamilton cruised round the outside of Bottas to lead the grand prix.

Over the course of nine spellbinding laps, Hamilton opened up a seven-second lead over the Finn and with that, any chance Bottas had of stopping Hamilton from rewriting F1's record books was over.

The Mercedes machine is in a class of one this year and with Hamilton at the wheel, he has no competition. The Englishman pulled in for his solitary change of tyres with 26 laps remaining before lapping the entire field up to Leclerc in fourth. It was a devastating display and one befitting of this great British talent.

Despite his accident with Verstappen on the first lap, Perez turned in a wonderful recovery drive. He finished seventh. AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly took fifth ahead of early leader Sainz.

Lance Stroll, who missed the last race with an illness which was later diagnosed as coronavirus, endured a miserable afternoon.

First, he was penalised five seconds for crashing into Lando Norris at the first corner – relegating the young Briton way down the order – before he was handed an additional five-second penalty for exceeding track limits. His Racing Point team later retired him from the race.

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