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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, pits for inters
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How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi

Until rain turned the Russian Grand Prix on its head in the closing stages, Lando Norris was set to convert his first Formula 1 pole position into a maiden win. But having recovered well from being shuffled back at the start, Hamilton and his Mercedes team called the changing conditions spot-on for a landmark 100th F1 victory

The 2021 Russian Grand Prix was a fascinating race even before its thrilling wet-weather climax, where the two leading British drivers had wildly contrasting fortunes.

Lewis Hamilton went on to take another incredible career milestone with his 100th Formula 1 win, a first for any driver in the championship’s history. Lando Norris lost a first grand prix career victory as the knife-edge call on when to pit as the rain came down in the final laps went in Mercedes’ favour for several key reasons.

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