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Christian Horner

Horner congratulates Hamilton on 'insane' 100th F1 victory

Lewis Hamilton became the first F1 driver to reach 100 victories and Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner congratulated the Briton on his "insane" accomplishment.

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Christian Horner congratulated Lewis Hamilton on his 100th F1 victory, a result that came after a chaotic finish to the Russian Grand Prix.

Lando Norris looked poised to take his first F1 victory, however his decision to stay out on slicks in wet conditions ultimately handed the win to the Mercedes driver.

Horner congratulated Hamilton after the race, as the Briton became the first F1 driver to hit the century mark in terms of wins, though he couldn't hide his delight at Max Verstappen's recovery drive to second.

"I have to say congrats to Lewis on his century of wins, which is insane," Horner told Sky Sports. "But for us to come away from here only two points behind in the Drivers' Championship, with an engine penalty taken, that's great news."

Verstappen was able to make his way through the field after being one of the first drivers to switch to Intermediate tyres.

Sergio Perez pitted two laps later in the other Red Bull, a decision that resulted in him finishing P9, but Horner pointed out that things could have gone either way in the tricky conditions.

"Max made the call today and he got it right, [while] Checo decided to stick thinking that he might be able to get through it, and that was the wrong decision," Horner added.

"It could have gone either way. Max benefitted massively, Checo lost out significantly. For Max in the Drivers' Championship, it's damage limitation, which is fantastic. For the Constructors', obviously we've conceded points."

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