F1 Eifel GP : Lewis Hamilton wins and creates history, equals Schumacher’s record of 91 wins

Formula 1 Eifel Grand Prix will be streamed Live today on Dinsey Hotstar at 6.40 PM IST. Catch all the Live UPDATES on the race on InsideSport.co

What a touching moment in the interviews. As Mick Schumacher, son of Michael, presents Lewis Hamilton with one of the helmets from Michael’s career.

A truly lovely gesture and one that takes Hamilton by surprise.

Wonderful.

Hamilton wins the Eifel GP – win number 91

He’s done it!

Lewis Hamilton takes his seventh win of the season and the 91st of his career.

He is level in the all-time list with Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher’s record looked untouchable. Hamilton has just matched it. Incredible. A historic day.

How they finished

  1. Hamilton
  2. Verstappen +4.47
  3. Ricciardo +14.6
  4. Perez +16.07
  5. Sainz +21.905
  6. Gasly +22.766
  7. Leclerc +30.814
  8. Hulkenberg +32.596
  9. Grosjean +39.081
  10. Giovinazzi +40.035
  11. Vettel +40.81
  12. Raikkonen +41.476
  13. Magnussen +49.585
  14. Latifi +54.449
  15. Kvyat +55.588

DNF: Norris, Albon, Ocon, Bottas, Russell

The lead is instantly stretched to three seconds. Only a mechanical failure can surely deny him a history-equalling 91st career win.

Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen nearly wipe each other out, Magnussen goes wide, comes in and dives at Vettel, forcing the German to take evasive action. So close to a smash.

Who to blame? Maybe Vettel for the first one, then Magnussen for the second.

Magnussen absolutely centred it on the inside of turn four and Vettel had to go very wide to avoid a collision there. He’s not in the fight for points but still putting his neck on the line.

Lap 52/60 Lewis Hamilton, with a free track in front of him, does what he needs to do to pull clear with a lap record of 1:28.487. Just when he needed to, Hamilton takes a good grip on this race win again.

Ricciardo now attacks Verstappen for second, fails, Perez attacks Ricciardo for third, fails. Breath-taking stuff, though.

‘No way I would make it easy for Hamilton’ Verstappen nearly smashes into Hamilton on the restart.

Valtteri Bottas speaking to BBC Sport:

This safety car is giving a lot of cars a chance to un-lap themselves. Twelve frantic laps to go. Watch out for tyre problems in these temperatures.

 

Lap 46/60 Four gone, 16 remain Out – Norris, Albon, Ocon, Bottas.

Team radio – Hamilton Hamilton: “Tell the safety car to speed up.”

Norris out. Norris’s car is in a dodgy place, worse than Russell’s earlier on.

It seemed inevitable and now Lando Norris’ race is run. His stricken car has caused him problems for the last 20 minutes and now it finally gives way.

There is smoke coming from his McLaren, parked at the side. Norris is safely out of it though and walking away.

How they stand

  1. Hamilton
  2. Verstappen +9.7
  3. Ricciardo +69.2
  4. Perez +81.3
  5. Sainz +86.7
  6. Norris one lap
  7. Leclerc one lap
  8. Gasly one lap
  9. Vettel one lap
  10. Hulkenberg one lap

Yes, you read that correctly. One minute nine seconds is separating first and third. A Hamilton masterclass.

A nice moment for Charles Leclerc as he barged his way ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel. The pair bang wheels, but both stay in the race. A heart-stopping moment for all those in the Ferrari garages though.

 

By the way, Lewis Hamilton has the fastest lap and bonus point as it stands. He started the day 44 points clear of Valtteri Bottas and the Finn is out of this one.

This could be the day Hamilton got one hand on his seventh world championship title.

Live Updates from Formula 1 Eifel GP Live 

  1. Hamilton
  2. Verstappen +5.4
  3. Ricciardo +60.7
  4. Leclerc +76.1
  5. Perez +76.8
  6. Norris +79.7
  7. Sainz +80.7
  8. Giovinazzi one lap
  9. Vettel one lap
  10. Raikkonen one lap
Lando is about to retire, damn!

Ricciardo gets ahead of Norris, as does Leclerc, as does Perez as Norris, struggling with power issues, is going backwards. Third to sixth quickly.

Hardly had time to say but Lewis Hamilton has been absolutely superb today. He’s four and a half seconds ahead and almost at the halfway point of the race.

He is on course to match Michael Schumacher’s race total of 91 wins later today. A record that looked uncatchable may be equalled in an hour’s time. A historic day, if it happens.

Team radio – Norris

Norris: “I have lost power. Driveability is terrible. No deployment. It is getting worse.”

Team: “We see a sensor problem, keep going.”

Lap 25/ 60

Right, let’s take a second to breathe.

  1. Hamilton
  2. Verstappen +4
  3. Norris +37.1
  4. Perez +39.9
  5. Sainz +48
  6. Ricciardo +50.8

Laps 23/60 Ocon out after issue with his brakes

If Hamilton wins today with the fastest lap, the gap at the top of the championship would be a ginormous 70 points.

Laps 20/60 Quick recap, two out Russell (after Raikkonen crashed into him)Bottas (mechanical failure)

Meanwhile, Kvyat is miles behind after having to have a new wing attached after a collision with Alexander Albon.

Virtual safety car To get George Russell’s car out of the way. Terrible news for Valtteri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in effect get free pit stops.

Lap 15 / 60 This has been a crazy 15 laps. Left rear puncture to George Russell. Raikkonen hit him on his right rear. His race is done. Russell is out

Hamilton overtakes Bottas, this is brilliant. A right lock-up from Bottas and that leaves the gate wide open for Lewis Hamilton to go around his team-mate and the world champion duly obliges to take the lead.

Leclerc v Ricciardo attempt two. This time the Australian goes round the outside at Turn Two and he gets the spot for fourth. That may be as good as things get for Ricciardo as he’s already 17 seconds off his ex-team mate Max Verstappen.

Beautiful stuff from Ricciardo. Up into fourth with a very classy move. Little drizze has started

Top 10

  1. Bottas
  2. Hamilton +1.57
  3. Verstappen +3
  4. Leclerc +10.8
  5. Ricciardo +11.5
  6. Albon +13.1
  7. Norris +14.6
  8. Perez +15.4
  9. Ocon +17
  10. Sainz +17.8

Lap 2/60

Alexander Albon drops a place at the start from fifth to sixth with Daniel Ricciardo going the other way. Norris and Perez also advance one place to seventh and eighth.

Esteban Ocon drops to ninth.

Antonio Giovinazzi, fighting to stay in the sport, got a blinding start up from 14th to 11th.

5:38 PM :Weather update Rain chance, still at 40%.

5: 30 PM So good to see some fans back in the stands again. We had 30,000 in Russia a fortnight ago and now 20,000 at the Nurburgring. They’re all being treated to a great version of the German national anthem thanks to an incredibly talented violinist.

It has the feeling of a proper race today.

5:15 PM : It’s a landmark day for Valtteri Bottas. Can he end it in style?

@ValtteriBottas lines up for his 150th @F1 start today! Will the pole-sitter take the big trophy home?

5:09 PM : Tyre talk

These are the tyres around today. All the top 10 start on the softs.

Hamilton, Bottas, Leclerc, Vettel and Ricciardo all tried to qualify on the mediums in Q2, but it wasn’t quick enough and in Vettel’s case led to him missing out on Q3.

4:51 PM : Max Verstappen has a unique record this season. At each race this season as he’s either been in the top three or he hasn’t finished.

He starts third today

4:30 PM : Check how they start ?

How they start the Eifel Grand Prix

So that all means we should start today’s race like this…

  • 1st Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  • 2nd Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 3rd Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  • 4th Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  • 5th Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
  • 6th Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
  • 7th Esteban Ocon (Renault)
  • 8th Lando Norris (McLaren)
  • 9th Sergio Perez (Racing Point)
  • 10th Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
  • 11th Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  • 12th Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)
  • 13th Daniil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri)
  • 14th Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
  • 15th Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
  • 16th Romain Grosjean (Haas)
  • 17th George Russell (Williams)
  • 18th Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
  • 19th Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
  • 20th Nico Hulkenberg (Racing Point)

4.20 PM IST : Can Bottas or Verstappen challenge Lewis Hamilton today with Valtteri Bottas on pole, Lewis Hamilton second, Max Verstappen third

‘Nice feeling when you get it done’

Valtteri Bottas, who starts on pole position, said: “It’s such a nice feeling when you get it done the last lap. The last lap in Q3 was spot on. It was nice to get it together.

“It’s been pretty tricky with short practice and these conditions getting the tyres in the sweet spot, that was one of the bigger things today.

F1 Eifel GP Live : Will Hamilton equal Michael Schumacher’s all time record at Eifel GP ?

Hamilton has another opportunity to move level with Michael Schumacher at the top of the all-time F1 wins list after missing his first chance to reach that feat at the Russian GP.

Another talking point tonite will be the reaction to Honda shock announcement that it will withdraw its F1 engine programme at the end of 2021, leaving both Red Bull and AlphaTauri searching for a new engine partner.

In the F1 midfield the competition continues to hot up with McLaren holding on to third place in the constructors’ standings by just two points from Racing Point, with Renault, Ferrari and AlphaTauri also closing the gap after the Sochi race.

F1 Eifel GP Live Streaming : All you want to know about the track and its history

Everything you need to know about the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix Live Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, Race Timings, Race favorites and Race odds, check here. Formula 1 Eifel Grand Prix takes place over 60 laps of the 5.148-kilometre Nurburgring, former host of the German Grand Prix, on Sunday, October 11th.

The track promises to offer a lot of old-school racing excitement, something that will cheer up both drivers and fans alike. The last few races have seen Valterri Bottas close in on his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, with the gap reduced to 44 points. Neutral fans would be counting on the Finn to deliver yet another win, and take the championship fight to Hamilton, who is bidding to win his 7th world title this season.

F1 Eifel GP Live : Bottas finishes fastest in third practice, Hamilton 2nd

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F1 Live Stream Eifel GP 2020, Start Time, and Broadcast Channel
What Channel is Streaming F1 Eifel GP LIVE in India?
The STAR Sports network has the broadcast rights of the 2020 F1 season. It can also be viewed on STAR’s OTT platform Hotstar.Sunday (October 11)