Sunday, 25 October 2020 17:05

Photo Credit:Mercedes. 

Lewis Hamilton passed Valtteri Bottas to take a commanding victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix and break Formula 1's all-time win record.

Hamilton dropped to third in a manic first two laps, which ended with McLaren's Carlos Sainz in the lead, but fought back to crush his team-mate's hopes.

After both Mercedes passed Sainz, Hamilton tracked Bottas before pouring on the pace and taking the lead on lap 20.

From there, Hamilton dominated to take his 92nd career Grand Prix victory.

He received a standing ovation from the socially distanced crowd, before celebrating with team members and then a long embrace with father Anthony.

Hamilton said he "owed it all" to his Mercedes team, adding: "I could only ever have dreamed of being where I am today.

"I didn't have a magic ball when I chose to come to this team and partner with these great people, but here I am.

"Everything we do together we are all rowing in the same direction and that's why we're doing what we're doing.

And my dad's here and my step mum Linda and Roscoe (his dog). It is going to take some time for it to fully sink in. I was still pushing flat out as I came across the line. I can't find the words at the moment."

His victory, on a humiliating day for Bottas, gave Hamilton a 77-point advantage in the championship as he moves ever closer to a seventh world title, which would match Schumacher's other surviving record.