Hamilton Wins 100th Race

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Sam Haswell, Staff Writer

At the 2021 Russian Grand Prix, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton made history as the first driver in Formula 1 history to reach 100 wins. The Russian Grand Prix was filled with drama, as McLaren driver Lando Norris held the lead for most of the race. On lap 49, most of the drivers went into the pit lanes to change into tires that could better handle the wetter track. However, Norris thought that the rain would go away and the track would dry up, so he stayed using his hard tires, which are meant for long distances and for dry tracks. Due to the wet conditions, Norris slid off the track on lap 51, allowing the eventual race winner, Lewis Hamilton, to take over in first place.  

After winning his 100th race, many wonder if Lewis Hamilton can be considered the greatest Formula 1 racer of all time. When asked if he was the greatest racer ever, senior Philip Kovelman-Ottilie said, “No. You can’t compare Schumacher to Hamilton because they played in different eras. They’re both goats but it’s too hard to say which one is better.” Kovelman-Ottilie is referring to Michael Schumacher, a Formula 1 racer from 1991-2021 who won 91 races and is tied for Lewis Hamilton with 7 world championships. 

However, some think that Lewis Hamilton is the greatest Formula 1 racer of all time, such as senior Carlos Nemeh, who said, “Lewis Hamilton has become a household name, so yes.” Lewis Hamilton has won many awards to prove this, including BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2020 and 2014, along with being knighted by Queen Elizabeth.