WATCH: Lewis Hamilton in Shock After Realizing He’d Equaled Michael Schumacher’s F1 Wins

Published 10/12/2020, 2:25 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – October 11, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during an interview having received a red helmet from Mick Schumacher after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Lewis Hamilton finally equaled Michael Schumacher’s record for the number of race wins at the Eifel Grand Prix. Considering the fact that he achieved what was considered to be one of the most invincible records, Hamilton shared an emotional message to his fans through social media.

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He also declared that he never knew he had equaled Michael’s record until he saw the feat displayed on the display board above the Pit lane.

Lewis reacts to equalling Michael’s number of race wins

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The moment Lewis realized what he had done, the championship leader was clearly shocked as he took both his hands off the steering wheel and placed it above his head.

Moment Lewis Hamilton realised he had equaled Michael Schumacher’s race win record from formula1

I didn’t realize until I came into the pit lane and they told me on the banner above that I had equaled Michael. So I was just so in the zone and it felt like the first win. But I can tell you, it doesn’t get any easier from the 1st to the 91st and we’re not done.

Lewis also shared a thankful message to his fans from around the world. “Hi guys, I just wanted to take a moment to share a moment with you.

“Today I was really honored by Michael’s family when they presented me this helmet of Michael. I believe he wore this in 2012. He was with this team.

And I just wanted to tell you how honored I am and also just how grateful I am for the continued support along this journey, 14 years. It’s been a long, long time. For everybody who supported me during that time and believing in me through thick and thin,” Lewis declared.

I used to be Michael in computer games: Lewis Hamilton

Lewis opened up that he used to play computer games with his brother where he chose his character as Michael Schumacher. “I remember sitting down watching the Grand Prix as I’m sure many of you did watching Michael win,” Lewis said.

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Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – October 11, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with a trophy on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

I remember going upstairs with my brother afterwards and we’ll play computer games together and I would be Michael. So it’s very surreal to be here in the sport still. And in these 14 years, I’ve got 91 wins.”

Lewis has grown from being Michael in gaming to equaling his records in Formula 1. However, the wait for upping the ante by breaking the coveted record seems like a long one.

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Apart from the race wins, the chances of Hamilton equalling the German in the number of world championship titles this season are also extremely high.

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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