09/26/2021 at 6:14 PM CEST
Lewis hamilton, who had not won since July 18, returned to the top of the podium this Sunday at the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix, in which achieved his hundredth victory thanks to the strategy of his team, who sent him to the pits to change the tires when he was second behind Lando norris (McLaren).
“It took a long time to get to a hundred and I didn’t even know if that victory was coming or not. Lando did a great job, with a great pace, “he said in statements to the international signal. Hamilton acknowledged that he was “not sure he could overtake Lando” dry “unless he made a mistake” and was pleased that “the team” made “the right decision at the end” to switch to intermediate.
The seven-time champion, who he was “very grateful to these men and women who are here and in the factory”, started the race from fourth position after failing in qualifying with a hit against the pit lane wall in Q3 when he was going to switch to soft tires.
“Going to sleep I wasn’t happy. I’ve seen the reruns over and over again and there were little mistakes. I was determined to work on it this morning,” he said. Hamilton, who now leads the World Cup standings two points ahead of the Dutch Max verstappen (Red Bull).
Of his main rival, who was second after starting from the last place on the starting grid, he said that “he must have done a great job” to finish like this.