In Russia, Lewis Hamilton reaches his 100th career victory and regains the lead – Prime Time Zone

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The first driver in history to achieve a hundred wins in Formula 1, the Englishman now has two points less than Max Verstappen, the runner-up

Yuri Kochetkov / EPA / EFELewis Hamilton became the first driver to achieve 100 victories in Formula 1 history

Used to breaking records, the English pilot Lewis Hamilton reached the hundredth victory of his career this Sunday, 26, in the Russian GP. To win it, the seven-time champion relied on the mistaken strategy of Lando Norris, from McLaren. Hamilton’s compatriot, who was leading the race, did not respond to the team’s request to change tires. When the rain hit, eight laps from the end of the race, Norris began to slide and nearly crashed. After losing the lead, he tried to keep second place, but fell to seventh. After starting last, the Dutch Max Verstappen, from Red Bull, was the runner-up in Sochi. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz completed the podium.

“A big thank you to the fans here. It took a long time to get to the 100th victory, and I wasn’t sure if it would. Lando did an amazing job. I am extremely grateful to the team,” said Hamilton. In addition to being the driver with the most victories in the history of Formula 1, the Briton holds other expressive records: the highest number of points (3,973), the highest number of pole positions (101), the highest number of laps led (5,174) and the highest number of podiums (173). In search of the hepta, the Mercedes star reassumed the tip, with two points more than Verstappen.

See the Russian GP standings