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Sports Updated: 20 October 2021 13:48 EAT 292 Views | ~ 54 seconds

Lewis Hamilton Takes Dominant Lead in Barcelona to Win Spanish GP and Extend Lead atop F1 Standings

Lewis Hamilton made it 88 career victories and a record 156 career podium finishes on Sunday in Barcelona. The Mercedes driver never relinquished his position at the front of the pack, having started on pole in Barcelona, to claim his fourth win of the season.

Hamilton has long been the sport's pole-position king, and on Saturday he took his 92nd - 24 more than anyone else.

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Mercedes Benz Driver, Lewis Hamilton

His victory on Sunday gave him another record, in taking him past Michael Schumacher's total of 155 podium finishes.

The win moves him to within three of Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 91 and 37 points clear of Max Verstappen in the F1 2020 driver's championship standings.

Red Bull driver Verstappen came from third in the starting grid to finish second -- over 24 seconds behind Hamilton having overtaken Valtteri Bottas who finished third.

Lewis Hamilton was in a league of his own from the very beginning of 66 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and very soon he will be in another one in terms of his standing in F1 history.

By finishing on the podium for the 156th time in his 256th career race, the 35-year-old stamped his name in the record books, as he now has the most podium finishes in history.

The F1 season resumes in two weeks' time, with the Belgian Grand Prix on August 28th at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

By Linda Amiani