No ceiling for "staggering" Hamilton

28 September 2021 19:28:46 GMTPlus11
Lewis Hamilton has reached 100 Grand Prix wins

Lewis Hamilton will go on to win at least 120 Formula One races, according to F1 boss Ross Brawn, who has hailed the Briton's ton-up feat as "staggering".

Hamilton won his 100th race in Russia on Sunday and is 11/4 to collect win number 101 on October 10 in Turkey.

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The seven-time world champion could barely hide his delight at reaching three figures in Sochi, especially as he had been stuck on 99 for over two months since winning at Silverstone.

And for a long time win No.100 looked to be eluding him with Lando Norris just five laps from the chequered flag in Russia before spinning off in the rain after a misjudged decision not to pit for new tyres.

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I think we could certainly predict 20 more as he's still massively competitive.

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The victory put Hamilton two points clear of Max Verstappen in a thrilling title race and nine race wins ahead of Michael Schumacher in the all-time lists.

Plenty more to come

And with the 36-year-old committed to Mercedes to the end of 2023, F1 managing director Brawn cannot put a ceiling on Hamilton's ultimate victory haul.

"Michael's tally of 91 was so far ahead of what anyone else had ever done at that point that it never seemed conceivable that anyone would get near it," Brawn wrote in his post-race column.

"But then Lewis beat it and now Lewis has 100 wins. There is nothing stopping him. Who knows where it's going to end up?

"I don't think we could predict 200 wins, but I think we could certainly predict 20 more as he's still massively competitive and motivated. It's just staggering."

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