Lewis Hamilton has change into the primary F1 driver to succeed in 100 wins along with his victory on the drama-packed Russian GP on Sunday.
The seven-time World Champion managed the feat by overtaking compatriot Lando Norris throughout the closing phases of the race. Norris had been main the grand prix for many of the race, nonetheless, the 21-year-old spun out within the heavy rain and conceded his place to Hamilton.
Hamilton vs Norris
All of it went flawed for Hamilton throughout qualifying on Saturday, with the Briton sliding into the pit lane wall in Q3 and damaging his entrance wing, incurring an prolonged cease. With time working out to safe a greater qualifying time, Hamilton set off on a mission, however spun out and as soon as once more tapped the boundaries. He solely achieved a P4 on the race day grid.
Norris, however, led McLaren on a sensational qualifying session, navigating the monitor’s difficult situations to perfection. He threw warning to the wind on his last lap on was rewarded along with his first-ever pole place.
At the beginning of the race, Hamilton dropped to seventh place, however stored his head down and pursued the race leaders. Norris initially conceded the result in his former teammate, Carlos Sainz of Ferrari, however regained the highest spot after an excellent transfer on lap 14. With DRS and a slipstream, Norris overtook Sainz earlier than the pair may attain a nook. He went on to create a commanding lead for the subsequent 20 laps or so. In the meantime, Hamilton was clawing his manner up the ranks, and by lap 34 — out of 53 — he was simply 6.5 seconds behind Norris.
On lap 50, Hamilton heeded the recommendation of his group and pitted to change to intermediate tyres, whereas Norris selected to remain out on his slicks. The transfer would show pricey because the moist situations of the monitor solely worsened. Only a lap later — two laps from the end — Norris ran vast and slid into the boundaries. He managed to get going once more however Hamilton had already barreled into the lead, and ultimately the win. Devastated, Norris crossed the road in seventh place.
Hamilton’s historic win
Hamilton, who surpassed Michael Schumacher for many wins final yr, had his group to thank for his historic a centesimal win — and he did so after the race.
“It’s taken a very long time to clearly get to [win number] 100 and I wasn’t even certain whether or not or not it could come,” Hamilton mentioned after the race. “So it’s good to see us united once more and clearly the group made an excellent name proper on the finish.”
“I didn’t need to let Lando go and naturally I didn’t know what the climate was doing however I’m extremely grateful to all these women and men which might be right here and again on the manufacturing unit as a result of, wow, 100,” he added.
With the win, and Max Verstappen‘s second-place end, Hamilton has taken the lead within the driver’s championship standings. He now has a slim two-point lead over Verstappen as they head to the Turkish Grand Prix in two weeks.
F1 returns from 8 – 10 October, on the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit.
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