Bottas, Vettel and Verstappen comment on Hamilton’s new record

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At the Portuguese Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton broke the record for most Formula 1 career wins. Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen give their comments.

With his achievement Hamilton surpassed Michael Schumacher’s 91 career wins and became the most successful F1 driver in history. During the post-race press conference his team-mate Valtteri Bottas took the time to congratulate him.

“First of all I want to say massive congrats to Lewis for this amazing achievement and being part of motorsport history, mate,” said the Finn.

“Actually, some of the interviewers were saying that what do I think about it because many people thought it’s never possible to break the record, but that itself is a mistake and I’m sure Lewis always believed it is possible and he’ll just keep going.

“So, really, hat’s off. Big respect,” concluded Bottas.

Hamilton’s long-time championship rival Sebastian Vettel also gave his comments on the achievement.

“I think he deserves every single victory he had,” said the German after the race.

“I think the number speaks for itself, and I’m sure he’ll hit 100. I texted him before the race to get 92 and he did, so I’m sure he’ll continue to get even more.

“So I don’t think you can praise him enough,” concluded Vettel.

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The Briton’s current championship rival Red Bull’s Max Verstappen also had words of praise for the six-time champion.

“Lewis says he keeps pushing because he wants to set it very high, because… yeah, I have to work hard to try to get there,” Verstappen joked after the race.

“It’s amazing. What can you say? It’s just incredible. An incredible achievement. 92 victories and I don’t think it stops there. It will go well over 100.

“He’s pushing me to go until I’m 40 years old or something. It’s a good motivation as well. Nah, anyway, it’s incredible.”

With a 77 point lead over Valtteri Bottas in the 2020 championship and only five grands prix left in the season, Hamilton seems to be set to pick up his seventh world title and equal Michael Schumacher’s record.

“It looks like he’s also going for his seven world titles, which is very impressive,” the Dutch driver continued.

“Everybody knows he’s very quick but what has also been a very strong point is that he’s also very consistent and very rarely makes a mistake and that’s why I think also he got to this number so quick.”

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