Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton tied a major all-time record at Silverstone

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Overshadowed by the action that took over Formula 1 at British Grand Prix was a big achievement for the 7 times World Champion, Lewis Hamilton. After a controversial crash with Max Verstappen in the first lap of the race, Hamilton went on to win the British Grand Prix for a record 8th time.

No other driver has ever won any race more than 8 times. Lewis shares the record with former Ferrari driver, Michael Schumacher. Schumacher has won the French Grand Prix total of 8 times in his long career.

Hamilton will be looking forward to Hungarian Grand Prix however, as a win there would make him a nine-time winner of any race. He will be looking to win the Hungarian GP for the fourth straight year.

Hungarian Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, 1st August where Hamilton will be looking forward to breaking the record. Max Verstappen will however be looking to put Hamilton and his dreams in a hitch.

Lewis Hamilton

The British Grand Prix controversy

There was a massive collision between Hamilton and Verstappen at Silverstone. As a result, Verstappen was forced to retire and ended up losing the race. The crash caused huge controversy on and off the track.

As a result of the crash, Hamilton was given a 10-second penalty. The Mercedes Driver however overcame the penalty with a brilliant drive and ended up winning the race. Red bull, however, felt that the penalty was not enough. They were hoping for at least a disqualification from the race. Red Bull was also very vocal about the whole situation even after the race.

They even brought out the legal options regarding the issue. Verstappen however, came out safe and sound of the race and will be looking forward to meeting Hamilton in Hungary as some sort of bad blood sparked up between the two.

Max Verstappen called out Hamilton’s celebration after the race ‘unsportsmanlike’ and condemned the incident. He will be giving it his all to stop Hamilton from getting more points. Verstappen’s Championship lead was drastically cut down due to his DNF and Hamilton’s win.

Hamilton and previous record holders

Hamilton had previously won the British Grand Prix in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020. Adding 2021 to the mix, his total comes up to 8. This would be only the third time someone has achieved this feat, the first being Michael Schumacher. Schumacher won the French Grand Prix in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2006.

The second time it happened, Hamilton won Hungarian Grand Prix 8 times in 2019. He has won the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, and 2019. As the Formula 1 caravan heads to Hungary this weekend, it will be quite likely that Hamilton might just make history.

The win at Hungaroring will give the British driver his ninth win in a single race. Hamilton and Mercedes will be looking forward to the battle as Red Bull and Max gear up to spoil the party and consolidate their Championship lead.

Max Verstappen currently leads the championship by 8 points. Hamilton holds second place with 177 points. Red Bull is leading the Constructors Championship by 4 points and Mercedes will be trying to overtake the Austrian giants.

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