Sochi – Lewis Hamilton became the first F1 driver to regain the championship lead from Max Verstappen after winning 100 races at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton fell to 7th place when boxed in at the first corner, but when a McLaren driver slipped off the track in slow rain with slick tires, he counterattacked and passed Lando Norris. I won.
“It took a long time to reach 100, and sometimes I wasn’t sure if it would come,” Hamilton said. Hamilton is the fifth win of the season and the first win since the British Grand Prix in July.
Hamilton turned Verstappen’s five-point championship lead into his own two-point lead. The Dutch driver finished second after a dramatic drive from the end of the grid. Carlos Sainz was third for Ferrari.
Verstappen started last after being penalized for an engine change at Red Bull, but sliced the field and had Hamilton in sight along the way. Hamilton’s Mercedes worked well with hard tires later in the race, and Verstappen seemed to have stalled when he was overtaken by Fernando Alonso’s Alpine and stuck in 7th place.
However, after that it rained, Verstappen was able to switch to intermediate tires early on, gaining an unexpected podium and limiting the damage to expectations for the first title.
“It’s really, really good, because I didn’t lose so many points today,” Verstappen told his team on the radio.
Norris dragged in 7th place after a failed gambling to maintain dry tires, contrary to the team’s advice. If it doesn’t rain, Hamilton says: He was at a great pace. After Daniel Ricciardo’s victory in the final race in Italy, where Hamilton and Verstappen clashed, Norris sought to give McLaren a series of victories.
Hamilton has now won the Russian Grand Prix five out of eight, and his victory on Sunday continues to wipe out the Mercedes car’s victory in Russia.
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Hamilton wins 100th F1 race to lead Verstappen
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