Lewis Hamilton believes the title battle between himself and Max Verstappen (Drivers’ Championship outright – Hamilton 11/10, Verstappen 4/6) will go down to the wire and expects Red Bull to pick up in the next few races.
The Briton, chasing what would be a record-breaking eighth Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship, broke another record (SPOTY outright – 20/1) in a dramatic Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.
He won his 100th race, 14 years after his first in Canada in 2007, to jump back above Verstappen in the standings.
A late error from Lando Norris on an increasingly wet circuit saw Hamilton take full advantage as the Mercedes team won in Sochi for an eighth consecutive year.
The only disappointment from their point of view will have been the progress of Verstappen.
Despite starting at the back due to an engine change, the Red Bull timed his pit stop tyre change to perfection and was able to scythe through the field on wet tyres.
He therefore finished second, with Hamilton now just two points in front of the Dutchman and believing Red Bull will come good again in the next few races but has vowed to keep fighting.
“We’re still in a fight and we can continue to improve,” the 36-year-old said. “There are definitely things that we will try and do better moving forwards but we just won’t give up.
“There’s still everything to play for in these next races. I think they’ve got a good set of circuits coming up and I anticipate it will continue to be really close between us.”
The next race is at Istanbul Park on October 10th, with Hamilton having won last season’s Grand Prix in Turkey.