Hamilton wins 100th F1 race to take lead over Verstappen

Filed on September 26, 2021

Seven-time world champion retakes championship lead from the Dutchman

Lewis Hamilton became the first Formula One driver to win 100 races with victory in the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday to retake the championship lead from Max Verstappen.

Hamilton dropped to seventh place when he was boxed in at the first corner but fought back and passed Lando Norris for the win when the McLaren driver stayed out on slick tires in late rain and slid off the track.

Hamilton turned Verstappen’s five-point championship lead into a two-point lead of his own as the Dutch driver finished second after a dramatic drive from last on the grid. Carlos Sainz was third for Ferrari.

Verstappen started last after a penalty for an engine change in his Red Bull but sliced through the field and had Hamilton in sight by the halfway stage. Hamilton’s Mercedes worked better on the hard tires in the second half of the race and Verstappen’s charge seemed to have stalled when he was overtaken by the Alpine of Fernando Alonso and stuck in seventh.

But then the rain came and Verstappen switched to intermediate tires early, allowing him to claim an unexpected podium finish and limit the damage to his hopes of a first title. Norris trailed in seventh after his gamble to stay on dry tires failed. — AP


1. (4) Lewis Hamilton, Great Britain, Mercedes, 53 laps, 1:30:41.001, 25 points

2. (20) Max Verstappen, Netherlands, Red Bull Racing, 53, +53.271 seconds, 18

3. (2) Carlos Sainz Jr, Spain, Ferrari, 53, +1:02.475, 15

4. (5) Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, McLaren, 53, +1:05.607, 12

5. (16) Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Mercedes, 53, +1:07.533, 10

6. (6) Fernando Alonso, Spain, Alpine, 53, +1:21.321, 8

7. (1) Lando Norris, Great Britain, McLaren, 53, +1:27.224, 7

8. (13) Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Alfa Romeo Racing, 53, +1:28.955, 4

9. (8) Sergio Perez, Mexico, Red Bull Racing, 53, +1:30.076, 2

10. (3) George Russell, Great Britain, Williams, 53, +1:40.551, 1

11. (7) Lance Stroll, Canada, Aston Martin, 53, +1:46.198

12. (10) Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Aston Martin, 52, +1 lap

13. (11) Pierre Gasly, France, Alphatauri, 52, +1 lap

14. (9) Esteban Ocon, France, Alpine, 52, +1 lap

15. (19) Charles Leclerc, Monaco, Ferrari, 52, +1 lap

16. (17) Antonio Giovinazzi, Italy, Alfa Romeo Racing, 52, +1 lap

17. (12) Yuki Tsunoda, Japan, Alphatauri, 52, +1 lap

18. (15) Nikita Mazepin, Russia, Haas F1 Team, 51, +2 laps

19. (18) Nicholas Latifi, Canada, Williams, did not finish, 47

20. (14) Mick Schumacher, Germany, Haas F1 Team, did not finish, 32

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