Twenty-four years after the passage of the last Grand Prix in Portugal, it returned today to the Algarve International Circuit (Portimão Circuit) and to celebrate a new record, the 92nd victory achieved by a Formula 1 driver, Lewis Hamilton. The previous record for 91 wins was Michael Schumacher, whose number had already been matched by Hamilton, who now sets a new record at 35 years of age.
Lewis Hamilton’s life could well tell a story, he grew up in the midst of a poor and dysfunctional family outside London, saw his parents split up at an early age and had to fight against racism and bullying as a child. Despite all the difficulties, he always had the support of his father and in 1993, at the age of 8, he started on the karts and only two years later he was already a British karts champion, in 1998 he was hired by Mclaren to integrate his youth program and from there it was evolving first to the Formula Renault Series, then the Formula 3 Euroseries and finally the GP2 Series until in 2007 it reached Formula 1. By the Mclaren team he could not have a better start, in the first nine races he had two victories, two second places and five third places, he was on the verge of becoming world champion but he was betrayed by a mechanical problem in the last race that postponed the consecration of world champion for the following year. It followed a long period of almost 6 years before Lewis Hamilton became champion again, that period of interregnum was marked by problems of competitiveness of the car and the homogeneity of Sebastien Vettel by the Red Bull team, so it was with little surprise that in 2013 Lewis Hamilton left Mclaren and joined the Mercedes team and since then has won six times the world champion, only missing out on the title in 2016 for his teammate at the time, Nico Rosberg. If this year the title of world champion revalidates will add the seventh title and equal Michael Schumacher.
The Portimão Circuit had the special presence of Anthony, father of Lewis Hamilton and who was largely responsible for his professional career and who told him since he was a little boy “never give up”.
As for us, we can only say – Well done Champion, see you next time !!!