Formula 1 news: Lewis Hamilton won his 100th Formula 1 race at Sochi on Sunday. He started his career back in 2007 when he used to drive for Mclaren. His teammate at that time was Fernando Alonso who had left Renault.
Hamilton won his first title in 2008 to become the then-youngest champion in the sport. He stayed with Mclaren for the next four seasons after moving to Mercedes. Hamilton has won 6 titles with Mercedes and is also the reigning F1 champion.
Hamilton achieved both his first pole position first victory in his rookie year at the Canadian Grand Prix. In his rookie year, Hamilton won four races in Canada, United States, Hungary, and Japan. Even triple world champion, late Niki Lauda hailed Lewis Hamilton as the best rookie he had ever seen.
It was the start of something special as no driver in the 71-year history of Formula One had dreamt of winning 100 races. Michael Schumacher previously held the record for 91 career wins from 2006-2020.
Lewis Hamilton’s historic century at Russian GP
Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to win 100 races after winning the 2021 Russian Grand Prix. He overtook the championship lead from rival Max Verstappen and only two points separate them.
Lewis had to wait for his 100th win as he was stuck on 99 for quite a while now. It was his fifth win of the season and his first since the British Grand Prix in July.
Lando Norris, a fellow Brit who was in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix was left devastated. Norris was in the lead for the majority of the race but then the rain started.
Lead pair Norris and Hamilton stayed out as others pitted for inters and it was the Mercedes man who made the decision to pit first. Norris was still out and was eyeing the first win of his career.
The McLaren driver did everything in his power to keep the lead, but as the rain started getting heavier, Norris slid off the track and Hamilton passed him for P1. Lando Norris finished the race seventh having pitted at the very end.
Max Verstappen, the Red Bull driver started the race from the back of the grid in the 20th position. He finished the race second and Carlos Sainz of Ferrari finished third.
Formula 1 news: Mercedes’ stellar record at Russia and Championship battle
Till now Mercedes has won each and every race that has happened in Sochi. But the 2021 Russian Grand Prix surely will go down as the most thrilling and entertaining one on the circuit.
An exciting title battle now awaits as Hamilton and Verstappen will continue their fight for the championship in Turkey next month. Only two points separate the leaders with six more races to go in the season.