Lewis Hamilton became the first Formula 1 driver ever to reach 100 wins after he finished first at a drama-packed Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, September 26th.
The seven-time World Champion overtook long-time race leader Lando Norris late on. Norris, who was aiming for a maiden Grand Prix victory and was leading for most of the race, spun his McLaren in heavy rain.
Hamilton eventually finished over 53 seconds ahead of second-placed Max Verstappen, who had started at the back of the grid after Red Bull took a new engine.
As well as winning his 100th Grand Prix and becoming the first driver to achieve the feat, he moved back to the top of the driver’s championship standings ahead of Verstappen.
Hamilton — who surpassed F1 legend Michael Schumacher for the most race wins last year — thanked his team for helping him get to this point.
“It’s taken a long time to obviously get to [win number] 100 and I wasn’t even sure whether or not it would come,” Hamilton said after the race.
“So it’s good to see us united again and obviously the team made a great call right at the end,” he added.
“I didn’t want to let Lando go and of course I didn’t know what the weather was doing but I’m incredibly grateful to all these men and women that are here and back at the factory because, wow, 100.”