Lewis Hamilton claims 100th F1 victory in Russia as Lando Norris skids off track

The Mercedes driver beat the Red Bull of his title rival Max Verstappen into second, with the Dutchman pulling off a remarkable recovery drive from the back of the grid. Hamilton had started in fourth but he and Mercedes maintained their composure throughout, moving through the field with calm driving and strategy while Norris was superb out front. Hamilton has committed to race on for a further two years with Mercedes, which will doubtless ensure his tally rises further. Verstappen caught Valtteri Bottas in 14th by lap five and swept by on lap six, with Bottas notably putting up no real defence. Verstappen meanwhile was charging up to sixth, just 10 seconds off Hamilton by lap 17 and on the hard tyre going long. The race leader Norris was comfortable with his grip but with Hamilton quicker on his new rubber McLaren pitted him on lap 28. Hamilton had closed to just over a second by lap 44 but Norris and his Mercedes engine were a formidable combination. Norris insisted he could stay on the slicks as Hamilton did pit for inters on lap 50. Hamilton took the lead as Verstappen, who had taken wet tyres much earlier, made it up to second when Norris pitted.

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