Although Lando Norris started on pole for the first time in his F1 career and was even leading through to lap 51 of 53, fate, as many would say, had other ideas. It took a rain interruption which caused a bit of havoc during the race and also spun off the track which set up Lewis Hamilton’s 100th Grand Prix win.
The British driver needed no second invitation to surpass Norris as he did that in style and never looked back as he brought up the big milestone of reaching a century of wins. With Max Verstappen being asked to start at the back of the grid, Hamilton would have sensed a chance to close the gap at the top of the drivers’ championship, although he himself started fourth.
While Hamilton would now breathe a sigh of relief, for much of the race, it was all about Norris and Carlos Sainz. However, the weather change seemed to have helped him as a few tyre swaps left some spinning and others colliding with the 36-year-old surpassing Norris with only two laps to go for the finish line.
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It was Verstappen who managed to finish second while Sainz completed the podium finish with Norris eventually finishing seventh.
Earlier, Hamilton had dismissed any kind of superstitious behaviour over reaching 100 wins but admitted that he felt like the wait was “longer than ever before”.
“It will come when it comes, but of course, I’ll be giving it absolutely everything tomorrow, chasing that number 100,” Hamilton had said as quoted by Motor1 prior to the race.
“It’s a big number. It seems like it’s taking longer than ever before to get it. It’s a pretty cool number to wait for,” he added.
“I woke up again this morning with a little bit of pain in my muscles. Angela was just working on it this morning with a trigger point releasing. And then I was just using the gun thing that you use to soften the muscle,” he had said, adding, “But generally it’s fine. It’s just a bit of nervousness kind of feeling.”