- Mick Schumacher gifted Lewis Hamilton one of his father’s helmets
- Hamilton equaled Schumacher’s record of 91 Grand Prix wins Sunday
- He achieved the record by winning the Eifel Grand Prix
Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick, surprised Lewis Hamilton with a special gift after the Brit equaled the legendary F1 racer’s record of 91 Grand Prix victories Sunday.
Mercedes’ Hamilton went on par with Schumacher by winning the Eifel Grand Prix, which was also the reigning champion’s seventh win of the F1 2020 season.
At the post-race ceremony, in what turned out to be an emotional moment for Hamilton, the Brit driver was presented with one of Schumacher’s helmets by the German legend’s son Mick, who was a part of the Eifel race weekend because he was set to make his F1 debut before the Friday practice session was called off due to fog.
“Thank you so much,” Hamilton told Mick.
“It’s such an honor. I don’t know what to say. When you grow up watching someone and idolizing them. What he was able to continuously do. I hadn’t even computed it when I crossed the line. I couldn’t have done this without this incredible team pushing behind me. So, a big thank you and huge respect to Michael,” Hamilton added.
Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas started the race Sunday from the pole position. However, Bottas lost the lead to Hamilton early in the 60-lap race and from there on, the former McLaren driver was hardly challenged by any other racer, including Max Verstappen, who finished second.
Bottas eventually retired because of engine power loss and as a result, Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo claimed the final podium spot for Renault with Sergio Perez finishing fourth in the Racing Point.
As a consolation, Verstappen earned an extra point for registering the fastest lap and now the Dutch racer is just 14 points behind Bottas, who is currently second in the drivers’ title race behind teammate Hamilton.
“The Mercedes was just a little bit too fast for us but I managed to get that fastest lap for the extra point so I’m happy with that. We finished second, which was where we belonged,” said Verstappen at a post-race interview.