The Briton made history on Sunday, as he achieved yet another milestoneby Khris Bharath, on
Lewis Hamilton becomes the first driver in Formula 1 history to win 100 races. This win though came with some luck as the rain gods opened up the heavens in the final stages of the 2021 Russian Grand Prix. Mercedes for once took the right call in bringing Hamilton in and switching him onto intermediate tires.
After that, it was just a matter of hunting down race leader Lando Norris who was dominant all weekend to clinch the win. Having been in the sport for the better part of 14 years, the seven-time world champion looks relentless and now is aiming for an unprecedented eighth title, as the man continues to break records.
Lewis Hamilton entered Formula 1 back in 2007 with a lot of pressure on him. And, to a degree, the former McLaren driver delivered almost immediately in his debut season.
Prior to winning the Grand Prix of Canada and the United States, he was on the podium in Australia, Malaysia, Bahrain, Spain, and Monaco at the time.
Hamilton had a spectacular start to his career, demonstrating his abilities in the top echelon of motorsport from the very beginning. The paddock certainly took notice of the young Briton’s pace during his rookie year, narrowly losing out the championship to Kimi Räikönnen.
How the 100th Win came for Hamilton
After Daniel Ricciardo’s triumph in Monza, the stage was set for Lando Norris to finally win his debut race and give McLaren their second win in a row. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t play out in his favor and rain decided to pay an unexpected visit. It was especially tricky with some parts of the track still dry. Norris was asked if he wanted to switch tires, however, he chose not to do so and unfortunately paid the price, because, Mercedes took the right strategic call on switching Hamilton over to Inters and it paid off.
Don’t forget that Hamilton is a wet weather champion. It took him no time to pass Norris, and go on to take the win. Lando sadly came in sixth and managed to clinch the fastest lap. With this historic win at Sochi, Hamilton reclaimed first place in the Drivers’ World Championship with 246.5 points, two more than Dutchman, Max Verstappen. Meanwhile, in the constructors, Mercedes has extended their advantage over Red Bull, with 397.5 points to as to 364.5 of the Austrian team.
Where does Hamilton stand?
It can be rather difficult to compare drivers and their fierce rivalries even from the same era. But to give you some perspective with regards to race wins, Michael Schumacher has won 91 times in his career. Sebastian Vettel is 53 years old. Frenchman, Alain Prost has 51 race wins to his name while Brazilian legend, Ayrton Senna won 41 Grand Prix races during his career. Formula 1 is a team sport, and some of the best drivers aren’t with the best teams when they’re at the top of their game.
Hamilton fan or not, no one can deny that since the hybrid era began, he has driven the most powerful car. The British driver currently has the most pole positions, race wins, podiums and championship wins of any Grand Prix racing driver in history. That is indisputable. However, in Formula 1, the cliche "numbers never lie" does not apply. When statistics are taken into account, Hamilton is without a doubt one of the greatest drivers in Formula 1 history.
Lewis Hamilton has certainly come a long way in his racing career. Coming from humble beginnings, little did he know that he would climb to the top tier of the pinnacle of Motorsport one day. He has demonstrated in recent years how he is using his legacy to constructively address other concerns, not just inside the sport but around the world.
For any driver to start 100 Grands Prix is an incredible achievement, let alone winning 100 of them. Roughly, only a tenth of Formula 1 drivers have done so. With a new contract in hand, and Hamilton’s legacy now making its way into the history books, we’ll have to see as to where the British driver goes from here.
Here’s a video of Hamilton’s Top 10 wins in Formula 1
Source: Formula 1