As Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher‘s win tally with his 91st Formula 1 victory during the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, Formula 1 now has yet another historic Grand Prix. Given the result has created lots of talks comparing Hamilton’s achievements to those from Schumacher, we will take a look at a different aspect of the achievement.
Here we will mention the last three Grands Prix in which a driver equalled the all-time record for most wins in the sport. The drivers to lead the all-time wins record in F1 history are Juan Manuel Fangio, Giuseppe Farina, Alberto Ascari, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and now, Lewis Hamilton.
Here is the list of the last three F1 Grands Prix in which the all-time win record was tied.
3. 1987 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps
On Prost’s side, he was able to equal Stewart’s number of GP victories during the 1987 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, when he won the race for McLaren-TAG in front of his teammate Stefan Johansson and Brabham’s Andrea de Cesaris. Stewart’s record stood for 14 years, from 1973 to 1987. Stewart was the record holder since the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, when he took his 26th win to surpass the tally of his fellow Scottish Jim Clark.
For the 1987 Belgian Grand Prix, the then two-time reigning World Champion arrived after winning the first race of the season at Brazil and retiring at Imola. At Spa, Prost won the race after starting from sixth on the grid.
2. 2001 Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring
Michael Schumacher and Ferrari had dominated the 2001 Formula 1 World Championship when the Hungarian Grand Prix came to the racing scene. Schumacher had won six of the year’s first 12 races and had a chance to secure his fourth World Drivers’ Championship and his second straight with the Scuderia Ferrari.
After the 2001 German Grand Prix, the German driver led the WDC with 37 points ahead of McLaren’s David Coulthard, and while it does not look like a big gap now, back then a win was worth nine points. In essence, Schumacher could miss four races and Coulthard would not catch him even after winning each of those events.
To seal his fourth title at Hungary, Schumacher needed only a win, and starting from Pole Positions helped his chances. The German won the Grand Prix with a three-second gap over his teammate Rubens Barrichello. The result ensured his fourth title, Ferrari’s third straight World Constructors’ Championship and his 51st Formula 1 victory, tying Prost’s tally, which had remained untouched since 1987.
1. 2020 Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring
Since Hamilton arrived in Formula 1 back in 2007 and won four races in his first season (a joint record with Jacques Villeneuve), the racing world knew that the British driver could reach unexplored heights in Formula 1 history. Though the road stalled a bit after his first World Drivers’ Championship with McLaren-Mercedes in 2008, he never stopped winning races and being a solid performer at the top of the grid.
When he made the switch to the Mercedes works team in 2013, he already had 21 victories and the number was bound to increase with time. Having won at least one race in each of his Formula 1 seasons, it is not a surprise to see him tying Schumacher’s record with fewer races started.
For the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, Hamilton had his second chance at tying Schumacher’s tally of 91 victories, after a controversial Russian Grand Prix (in which he received two harsh penalties that hindered his chances). In a cold weekend at the German track, in which Schumacher won a record five times, Hamilton qualified in second place but has his sights on the victory on Sunday.
After a hard-fought start with his teammate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton took advantage of a mistake by the Finnish driver and controlled the race at the front. He sealed his 91st win in style, at a Mercedes home track, and tied a record that seemed impossible to catch a few years ago.