Lewis Hamilton currently leads Max Verstappen by two points with seven races remaining. Although he started fourth on the grid and was five points behind the Red Bull driver, the race concluded with the triumph for Lewis Hamilton, who won his 100th Formula One race this time. But, we feel sorry for Sochi’s other prominent player, Lando Norris, who was left heartbroken after being reminded how brutal this sport could be.
The 100th Victory Of Lewis Hamilton-A Grand Event
Lewis Hamilton has become the first F1 driver to win 100 Formula One races on Sunday, thanks to a thrilling triumph in Russia, which propelled the Mercedes driver back to the top of the standings. Max Verstappen finished second at Sochi on behalf of Red Bull as he started last due to engine malfunctions, minimizing the impact of his rival’s victory.
Today we won our 100th race! Words can’t describe how it feels to make history with this team of hardworking, driven and passionate human beings. We must keep fighting, keep rising. We’ve got a championship to win #LH100 pic.twitter.com/e2oQHVAVDi
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) September 26, 2021
The seven-time world champion, Hamilton, currently leads Verstappen by two points after starting fourth on the grid and staying five points behind him. Spain’s Carlos Sainz finished third in the race for Ferrari. Unfortunately, the day did not end well for McLaren’s racer Lando Norris, who was just three laps away from the finish line but chose to drive on the slicks as the rain intervened and came 7th.
Hamilton’s record in context had already overtaken Michael Schumacher’s 91 victories, with Sebastian Vettel coming in second with 53. Hamilton is the only driver to have won a race every season since his debut in Canada in 2007, and he is trying to win his eighth championship this season, topping Schumacher’s record.
At 36 years old and in his 15th season in F1, his steadiness has been excellent, particularly since joining Mercedes in 2013 – not just in overpowering triumphs from the front, but also in capturing the flag when it appeared out of reach, and the victory in Russia was another of those instances.
Hamilton did reclaim the world championship lead, but only by two points, which Verstappen would have taken in a heartbeat if the rain had not started in time. Despite starting fourth on the field with Norris in position and a poor start that dropped him to eighth, Hamilton and Mercedes kept their heads and played a long game through the pit stops that placed him 2nd, 13 seconds behind Norris with 23 laps still left.
Norris, who was just in his third season in F1, had driven a controlled and competent race contradicting his young age. Hamilton got up to him with nine laps to go but did not have enough time to enjoy the advantage. He even had doubts in his mind if he could have defeated Norris if the rain would not have started.
What’s Hamilton’s Reaction To This Win?
It was an opportunity for Hamilton to commemorate a one-of-a-kind double century of 101 poles and 100 victories, an achievement unrivaled in this sport. However, while Hamilton was celebrating a personal century, his Mercedes team was still undefeated in Sochi. They have won every Grand Prix event since 2014, and Hamilton was the winner in five of those races.
Hamilton said that it took him a long time to get to 100, and he was not sure if he would win this race if the rain would not have intervened. I wasn’t even sure it would come,” He concluded that it was an incredible time in his career to drive alongside such exceptional talents. Hamilton thought this victory would come much late in his career, but he was happy with what he had achieved so far. He also says thanks to everyone who has been a part of this triumph.
It’s indeed a matter of concern if Hamilton would have won this race if Norris would not have decided to back out due to rain. But, Hamilton is a pretty good racer himself, and with the stars in his favor, the victory was a well-deserved one. We hope he will keep on winning more such events in the future.