As he turned back into the pitlane after winning the Eifel Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton put his helmeted head in his hands. His Mercedes W11 was passing underneath a gigantic LED screen showing his face alongside Michael Schumacher's - between them were emblazoned the words: "equal wins". This was the moment, nestled in a car coloured to promote a cause he cares about more than winning Formula 1 races, that Hamilton realised he had equalled a record many thought out of reach - 91 victories, Schumacher's total.
It's been eight years since Hamilton was announced as Schumacher's replacement at Mercedes. The result at the Nurburgring also put Hamilton on the brink of equalling his predecessor on seven world titles, a feat he accomplished at the Turkish GP.
In 2012, he chose to leave the team where he'd started out on his journey to Formula 1 aged 10, famously introducing himself to McLaren supremo Ron Dennis at the 1995 Autosport Awards. Hamilton had been frustrated by McLaren's reliability that season - four years since his first championship triumph, after which he'd seen Red Bull surpass the McLaren and Ferrari squads that had largely dominated the previous decade.