The seven-time World Champion overtook long-time race chief Lando Norris late on. Norris — who was aiming for a maiden Grand Prix victory and was main for a lot of the race — spun his McLaren in heavy rain.
In addition to profitable his one hundredth Grand Prix and turning into the primary driver to attain the feat, he moved again to the highest of the driving force’s championship standings forward of Verstappen.
Hamilton — who surpassed F1 legend Michael Schumacher for essentially the most race wins final 12 months — thanked his workforce for serving to him get up to now.
“So it is good to see us united once more and clearly the workforce made an ideal name proper on the finish,” he added.
“I did not need to let Lando go and naturally I did not know what the climate was doing however I am extremely grateful to all these women and men which can be right here and again on the manufacturing unit as a result of, wow, 100.”
Whereas it was Hamilton who ended up on prime of the rostrum on Sunday, it was one other Brit who appeared destined to create his personal little bit of historical past.
Norris, 21, claimed the primary pole place of his profession on Saturday, battling powerful circumstances to guide the pack.
And after briefly dropping the lead of the race to Carlos Sainz, he impressively reclaimed it within the thirteenth lap.
Whereas circumstances had been dry when the race began, a downpour in Sochi made circumstances powerful for drivers.
Norris and Hamilton initially stayed out, till with 4 laps to go, the Mercedes driver was suggested by his workforce to change to intermediate tires.
On slick tires with the rain falling extra closely, Norris was caught comfortably by Hamilton because the 36-year-old took the lead late on.
The McLaren driver misplaced pace as he tried to navigate the circumstances, earlier than dropping management and spinning his automobile on the 51st lap.
He finally completed seventh, and was clearly emotional afterward.
“I am sad, devastated in a manner,” he stated after the race. “It was my choice, I believed it was the best way to go.”
“He had unbelievable tempo, he is doing such an ideal job for McLaren, and it was very bittersweet clearly to see my outdated workforce forward — they’re doing so effectively, clearly they received the final race — they’re doing incredible.”