After winning the 2021 Russian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton became the first driver in Formula One history to win 100 races. Behind him is the Legendary Ferrari driver, Micheal Schumacher with 91 race wins and the former 4 times Red-Bull Champion Sebastian Vettel in the third place with 53 wins.
Land Norris was on the verge of winning his first race, but his decision to stay out in the rain on slick tyres lost him the victory. Because of the turmoil in the final laps, Max Verstappen managed to finish second in spite of his grid penalty forcing him to start from the last, with Carlos Sainz securing third place.
Norris’ Maiden Victory Is Thwarted By Rain
After losing a position to Sainz at the start, Norris was able to pass the Ferrari driver and reclaim the lead. Despite increasing pressure from a fast Hamilton, he was able to maintain his lead for most of the race. However, with only five laps remaining, the rain began to fall
Despite their teams’ requests to pit for intermediates, Norris and Hamilton both chose to take a chance by sticking out on slick tyres. Hamilton’s years of experience appeared to make a difference in this situation, with the British driver deciding to follow his team. It was a wise decision, as the rain only intensified over the next few laps.
On the penultimate lap, Norris, who was still running on slicks, slipped off the track, forcing him to pit for intermediates. He crossed the line in seventh place as a result of the turn of events, and to add insult to injury, he’s also being investigated for crossing the pit entry line twice.
Hamilton Wins His 100th Formula One Race
Hamilton went on to win his 100th Grand Prix in the rain-affected Russian GP. The seven-time world champion revealed after the race that it had taken him longer than intended to reach the century milestone; his previous victory came in July at his home British Grand Prix. “Obviously, it’s taken a long time to get to [victory number] 100, and I wasn’t even sure it would come,” he remarked.
Hamilton also congratulated Norris on his performance. “Lando performed an incredible job.
Verstappen’s Damage Control
The Russian GP was a race of damage management for Verstappen, who had to start from 20th on the grid after switching to a new Honda engine. He finished in second position, nearly 53 seconds behind Hamilton, thanks to a strategic transition to intermediates.
Sainz also improved his tyre strategy to finish third for Ferrari, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth. Fernando Alonso, Norris, Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez, and George Russell followed Valtteri Bottas from 17th to 5th.
Drivers’ Championship In Formula One In 2021
Hamilton reclaims the lead in the drivers’ standings with his victory. Verstappen, on the other hand, is only two points behind Hamilton and has an extra engine thanks to his second-place finish.
On October 8-10, 2021, the action will resume with the Turkish Grand Prix.