In The Driver's Seat

Hamilton's Sochi win down to luck, experience but McLaren will learn from mistakes

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit on Sept 26, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - If you believe in fate, Lewis Hamilton was destined to score his historic 100th grand prix triumph in Russia on Sunday (Sept 26). But the problem with such thinking is it often offers wisdom only after the event.

Hamilton's win was indeed very significant, and well deserved in the circumstances, but for many the moral victor was young Lando Norris who, not for the first time this season, kept his Mercedes-powered McLaren ahead of the seven-time world champion.

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