History was made Sunday afternoon in Germany as Lewis Hamilton tied Michael Schumacher’s all-time F1 wins record with his 91st.
Formula 1 returned to the Nurburgring for the first time since 2013 for the Eifel Grand Prix.
Heading into turn one on the opening lap, the Mercedes of Hamilton ran his teammate Valtteri Bottas wide but Bottas held serve to pull out ahead by 1.5 seconds.
On lap eight, Red Bull’s Alex Albon pitted early to take medium tires after struggling at the start.
While running fifth, Daniel Ricciardo made a daring move on the outside of Charles Leclerc on lap nine in turn two to take fourth.
With rain threatening, drivers needed to decide if they wanted to switch to wets or stick with dry tires. During this time, Sebastian Vettel went for a spin in turn one after attempting to overtake Antonio Giovinazzi.
On lap 13, Bottas locked up the brakes entering turn one, allowing Hamilton to take the lead from him. Bottas pitted on the same lap due to flat-spotting his tires.
One lap later, Kimi Raikkonen, who set the F1 record with most starts Sunday, turned George Russell in turn one, which resulted in a retirement for the Williams. Raikkonen suffered a 10-second time penalty for the contact.
After his pit stop, Bottas reported a loss of power in the car and on lap 18, he parked the car on pit road and retired from the race. It was his first DNF of the season.
On lap 24, Esteban Ocon retired from the race after reporting a loss of brakes and an issue with the gears. At the same time, Albon suffered a five-second time penalty for the contact with Kvyat and then retired from the race shortly after.
With Bottas and Albon out, the story of the race became the final podium spot, which was open for anyone to take.
Lando Norris first held that opportunity but he reported power unit issues. He pitted on lap 30 and handed third place to Leclerc. Once Leclerc came down pit road, the podium battle came down to Ricciardo and Sergio Perez.
Norris’ day came to an end on lap 45 as he parked it off-course just before turn 15. A full safety car was deployed onto the course so safety workers could remove the McLaren.
The race resumed with 11 laps to go and Hamilton was able to separate himself from the field with ease to cap off the record-tying day, claiming his seventh victory of 2020.
Max Verstappen finished second for his eighth podium of 2020. Meanwhile, Ricciardo earned his first podium finish since winning the Monaco Grand Prix in 2018.
Perez and Carlos Sainz rounded out the top five. Pierre Gasly finished sixth and Leclerc finished seventh. Nico Hulkenberg, who filled in for Lance Stroll due to an illness, finished eighth after starting last on the grid. Romain Grosjean scored points for the first time since 2019 at Hockenheim after a ninth-place run. Antonio Giovinazzi rounded out the top 10, which is the second time he has scored points in 2020.
Hamilton is now 70 points ahead of Bottas in the championship standings.
F1 returns Oct. 25 for the Portuguese Grand Prix.