Hamilton, 35, shook hands and embraced Schumacher junior as he was gifted the Mercedes crash helmet

 Lewis Hamilton was today left stunned when Michael Schumacher's son presented him with one of his father's crash helmets after the British race ace equalled the German legend's record 91 Grand Prix wins.

Fourteen years and 10 days after Schumacher won his last, Hamilton drew level with the titan of motor-sport with victory in the Mercedes car at the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

Mick Schumacher, 21, who is leading the F2 championship and tipped for F1 greatness, presented Hamilton with one of his father's crash helmets from his time with Mercedes in his final season.

Hamilton, 35, who replaced Schumacher at the team in 2013, shook hands with and embraced his son Mick before describing how humbled he was to have matched his racing idol.

Sadly, as the world knows, Michael, 51, is confined to a private life of convalescence after the skiing accident that robbed him of his vitality nearly seven years ago.

'I don't even know what to say,' Hamilton said after the race. 'When you grow up watching someone and you genuinely idolise them, in terms of the quality of the driver they are.

'Seeing his dominance for so long I didn't think I'd be anywhere near Michael in terms of records so it's an incredible honour. It's going to take time to get used to it.

'It was only when I got into the pit-lane I realised I had equalled it. A big thank you and huge respect to Michael. I feel humbled by the moment. Hopefully we have more records to break.'

Hamilton reflected on how he would race as Schumacher on racing games along with his brother while growing up, and that matching his record was unbelievable following his win at the Nurburgring.

'I remember sitting with my brother and dad watching races every Sunday, watching Michael storm ahead,' he told Sky Sports.

'We would watch the first half and then at the end me and my brother would race a computer game upstairs and I would be Michael.

'I was always Michael he was phenomenal. That was when I was 13 or 14. I did one day dream of being here but this is beyond my wildest dreams of reaching Michael's wins. It's very hard to describe how I feel my mind is blown. I have a bit of a headache!'

Competing in Schumacher's homeland on Sunday, Hamilton secured his spot alongside his idol in racing history.

When Schumacher was an automaton of success, he almost destroyed the sport by his brilliance.

Certainly, many thought his 91 victories would never be broken. But here was Hamilton, a boy from Stevenage, who in 14 seasons has matched the seemingly matchless in 261 grands prix.

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