- Carlos Sainz took the lead, but finished outside the podium.

HEARTBREAK FOR LANDO, MILESTONE FOR LEWIS, AND RECOVERY FOR MAX

Lando Norris looked set to win, with the whole of F1 cheering him on, but rain cost him everything. :(

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The 21 year old seemed to be set to take win number 1 at Sochi, but late drama with rain and the choice to stay out cost him the chance at victory. Even though he didn't win, he still got Driver Of The Day, just like in the Emilia Romagnia Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton in the meanwhile , who decided to pit and play it safe, wins the VTB Russian Grand Prix and becomes the only driver ever to reach the triple digits on terms of wins in Formula 1. A milestone for him, and he continues to prove himself as one of the greats of the sport.

Max Verstappen, the man who came into this weekend not thinking about a podium, not even thinking about points, but instead thinking, and worrying, about his rival retaking the championship lead in what has been a "Mercedes Stronghold". Red Bull then decided to take the engine penalty for Max and hope he recovers so that he can continue the rest of the season without the penalty looming above him. The rain however, completely changed that and allowed him to finish in P2, and making sure that he stays within a couple of points of Lewis Hamilton.

This was an exciting race already in terms of strategy, and became even more so in the closing stages, at a track that didn't always deliver.

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