(ESP-ENG) Hamilton y sus 100 victorias en la mejor carrera de la temporada // Hamilton and his 100 wins in the best race of the season.
Hello friends, good vibes to all.
When I talk to people and tell them that I'm going to see a Pole Position or that it's a Formula 1 race Sunday, the first thing they tell me is that how can I possibly see that if it's so boring and long, but nothing is further from the truth than those "statements" and proof of that was yesterday's race, which for me was one of the best so far this season.
Why do I say that? - Because in it there was everything to the point that the 53 laps that make up the Sochi circuit were extremely short. Since the day before, the day of the Pole, we already knew that we were going to have a particular race; on the one hand Verstappen started in the last place due to a change in his power unit, Leclerc had the same penalty and started from 19th and Valtteri Bottas was also penalized but for changing only some elements starting in 17th place.
All of the above meant that throughout the race we would have many overtakes because it is known that both the Red Bulls and Mercedes and even Ferrari itself are extremely fast cars compared to the Hass, Alfa Romeo and Williams, also driven by great drivers. Add to this the fight at the front with Norris, Sainz and the current world champion Hamilton for the victory and without a doubt the race was going to be spectacular; which it was.
Throughout the almost 53 laps we saw an absolute dominance of Lando Norris who was shaping up to win his first race in the top competition after finishing second in the previous award, with a good strategy by the Mclaren team at the time of pit-stop and make the first change of tires from medium to hard the truth everything looked for the British team to repeat podium. At times the Spaniard Carlos Sainz was the only one who threatened to overtake him, in fact he did it on occasions.
Hamilton was lurking from 6th place doing his race quietly, as a good champion he knew that at some point his chance would come either in the middle of the race or at the end. Verstappen and Leclerc were climbing like crazy, which was expected due to the quality of both of them and the need to score points with less and less races to go. In fact by lap 4 Max had already climbed 5 places, a beast at the wheel.
It was undoubtedly one of the most exciting races because from start to finish it was never calm as it usually happens in most of the awards, there was always something going on from the first places to the middle of the classification.
And so everything went on, the drivers made their respective pit stops, some with more delays than others, but in the end the strategies of the great drivers were the ones that prevailed as the experienced ones they are. By lap 42, with 11 to go, the fight between Hamilton and Norris was merciless and fierce but Norris did not seem to shake his pulse to keep Lewis at bay, which would have been possible until EVERYTHING changed.
Lap 46, the special guest of the day arrives: the rain; and with it all plans are disrupted and it is where the big ones begin to separate from the smaller ones. Hamilton, knowing that running with tires not specialized for rain was a suicide, decides to go to the pits and change to green tires, the thing is that Norris did not do it and it was at that moment when the race was lost.
By not changing the tires, Norris loses control and that's when Hamilton takes advantage to take the lead and win his 100th race to become the first Formula 1 driver to achieve such a feat and numbers. Verstappen was second, having the race of his life (starting from 20th to be on the podium) and Carlos Sainz finished third.
Yesterday Norris paid the hazing and the experience of a multiple world champion came before him, but I am sure that he learned his lesson from that and for the next one he will have to make better decisions, besides, with only 21 years old, the revenge will come sooner rather than later. As I said, it was a very entertaining race where everything happened and which I consider one of the best I have seen lately.
The standings after the Russian Grand Prix were left with Hamilton leading with 246.5 points with Verstappen second with 244.5 and Bottas who finished 5th in third place with 151 points. As for the race to be the best team Mercedes is still comfortably on top with 397.5 points followed by Red Bull with 364.5 and Britain's McLaren in third with 234 points.
¡Un abrazo a todos, nos leemos en la próxima!
Well friends that's all for today, I hope you liked it.
¡A hug to all, see you next time!