Hamilton adds another country to his global map
Lewis Hamilton overtook Michael Schumacher as the most successful Formula One driver of all time in terms of race wins on Sunday and the Briton’s 92nd victory, in Portugal, added another country to his global map of domination.
The six-times world champion, surely soon to be seven-times, had already won in more countries than anyone in the sport’s history and Portugal, hosting grand prix for the first time in 24 years, raised that tally to 24.
The Mercedes driver, yet to extend his contract beyond this season but looking sure to stay, can add to the number next year with Vietnam set to make its debut, while the Netherlands returns for the first time since 1985.A race in Saudi Arabia could also feature on the calendar for the first time.
Few races have escaped Hamilton’s dominance, but South Korea and India did.
Hamilton has won at least one race in every season he has competed in since his debut with McLaren in 2007, averaging 10 a year with Mercedes since the start of the V6 turbo hybrid era in 2014.
The first win came in Canada at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on 10 June 2007.
Hamilton equalled Schumacher’s all-time record with a 91st win at the Nuerburgring, the track closest to the German’s boyhood home in Kerpen.Ferrari great Schumacher took his 91 wins between 1992 and 2006.