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Lando Norris interrupts Lewis Hamilton interview after losing Russian GP in final laps

Lando Norris interrupted one of Lewis Hamilton’s post-race interviews following the Russian Grand Prix after the latter had claimed his 100th race win.

Norris had led for most of the race after starting on pole, but when the rain started falling with just a few laps remaining, the race leader decided against changing his tyres, which saw him slip down the standings to finish seventh.

Hamilton took full advantage as he stormed up from fourth on the grid to cross the line first for the 100th time in his Formula One career and return to the top of the drivers’ championship.

The Mercedes driver now sits ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by two points with seven races remaining.

Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris embrace
Lando Norris interrupted an interview to congratulate Lewis Hamilton on his 100th race win

Hamilton was speaking to Sky Sports after the race when Norris interrupted the interview to congratulate his fellow Brit on his milestone victory.

The pair shook hands and embraced as the crowd in Sochi cheered their interaction.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hamilton said: “I always want to start by saying a big thank you to these fans. Such a great crowd here.

“I know it’s not the best of weather but what a race it’s provided.

Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris embrace
Lando Norris had led for most of the Russian Grand Prix before finishing in seventh place

“So big thank you to everyone in Russia for having us.

“It’s taken a long time to get to 100 wins and I wasn’t even sure if it would come.”

Hamilton won his first race 14 years ago at the Canadian Grand Prix in June 2007 during his debut season in Formula One.

He had been one win away from 100 since winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July, going four races without a win before Sunday’s victory in Russia.

The seven-time world champion also heaped praise on Norris and McLaren’s performance in Russia, saying: “Lando did such an incredible job, he had incredible pace, he’s doing such a great job for McLaren.

Lando Norris hugs Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton’s win at the Russian Grand Prix sees him go top of the Drivers’ Championship with a two point lead

“It was bittersweet to see my old team ahead, doing well, they won the last race obviously powered by Mercedes.”

Hamilton will look to increase his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship in two weeks time when the F1 season resumes on October 10 with the Turkish Grand Prix.

Lando Norris interrupts Lewis Hamilton interview after losing Russian GP in final laps
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