Sir Lewis Hamilton Becomes First F1 Driver in History to Record 100 Victories

Sir Carl Davidson Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, the four-time defending Formula One champion, won the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday to become the first F1 driver in history to record 100 career wins. 

“It will come when it comes, but of course, I’ll be giving it absolutely everything tomorrow, chasing that number 100,” Hamilton said earlier this week when asked by reporters about the prospects of reaching the century win mark.

With the victory, Hamilton also reclaimed the overall season standings lead, overtaking Max Verstappen. Verstappen and Carlos Sainz finished second and third, respectively, in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.

According to data from ESPN in June, viewership was up 50% from the 2020 season and 36% from 2019. The French Grand Prix on June 20 hit 1.1 million viewers, reportedly the largest U.S. audience since the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix on ABC, per NBC News.

Also, this week, Formula One announced the dates and course for the 2022 Miami Grand Prix. This marks the first F1 race in Florida since 1959. The new track will be set within the city’s Hard Rock Stadium campus next May

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