FORMULA One world champion Lewis Hamilton won in Spain for the fourth year in a row on Sunday to celebrate a record 156th podium finish and stretch his already commanding lead to 37 points.
The victory from pole position on a sweltering afternoon at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, in a race without spectators due to the pandemic, was the 88th of the Mercedes driver’s career, and one of the more straightforward.
The six-time champion lapped all but the top three in a race that offered few thrills other than for fans of tire management.
“I was in a different zone— I didn’t even realize it was the last lap,” said Hamilton, who described the race as one of his best in terms of how he drove.
“I was just in a daze out there…I was ready to keep going,” he added, speaking of how he felt completely at one with the car.
Hamilton is now just three wins short of Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s unmatched 91, and the podium ended another of the German’s records that he had shared with the Briton since last Sunday at Silverstone.