Lewis Hamilton used his strategic thinking, overtaking skills along with his driving skulls in the rain to fight back from seventh place on his first lap to make a victory by retaking the lead championship from Max Verstappen.
Lando Norris was the one whom Hamilton was chasing for the lead while the rains started late. Hamilton heard the team advice and stopped for tires however he was all the way reluctant to break off but Norris continued with slick tires for which he paid the price while he was unable to stay in track giving Hamilton the route to lead.
As Hamilton said, “It’s taken a long time to get to 100 and at times, I wasn’t sure it would come.” This was the fifth time Hamilton won the season and the very first since July in the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton also mentioned, “It’s a magical moment,” he also added “I could only have dreamed of still being here and having this opportunity to win these races and get to drive with such phenomenal talents this late in my career.”
Hamilton was the one to turn the five-point championship of Verstappen to two point lead when the Dutch finished in second after the surprising drive from the last on grid. Carlos Sainz was initially tpo lead however finished in third with Ferrari.
After the tough start, this British driver started taking touch overtakes to move up. They were more teammates and were title rivals when in 2007 Hamilton was rookie. This amazing wet finish brought back his memorable past where he made victories in rain.
Verstappen was the last to start after being given a penalty due to engine change and had helped Hamilton by the halfway. The Mercedes of Hamilton worked far better on the hard tire especially in the second half when Verstappen’s charge almost stalled after he was left behind by Alpine of Alonso.
Next came the rain and Verstappen switched the tires early which allowed him an unexpected finish.
On the radio, Verstappen said, “We didn’t lose so many points today, so that’s really, really good.” Another very important question left for Hamilton is whether they will require the use of an extra engine.
Hamilton could already predict the close fight, “Undoubtedly, it’s going to be tough. I think for the two-thirds of the season so far (Red Bull) had the edge.” he also added, “However, it’s been difficult with all sorts of things, curveballs sent to both of us and our teams. It’s still everything to play for in these next races.”
Hamilton also said that Norris was a great competitor until the rain arrived, “it would have been tough to get past Lando. He had great pace.” Norris had the aim to offer back to back wins to McLaren.
After Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix occasions which is five out of right, his victory then continued.