Lewis Hamilton has won a dramatic rain-hit Russian Grand Prix to earn his landmark 100th Formula One race triumph after his fellow Briton Lando Norris was denied his first victory in a thrilling rain-hit finale.
Norris, 21, appeared on course to keep Hamilton at bay and become the youngest British Formula One winner in Sochi on Sunday night.
But the race turned on its head with just eight laps remaining when the rain arrived.
Hamilton moved to the wet tyres with four laps left, but Norris stayed out on slick rubber after telling his McLaren team he did not want to stop.
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However, the decision came back to haunt the young Englishman as the rain increased.
He was unable to keep his McLaren on the track and slid out.
Hamilton claimed the 100th win of his career, ahead of Max Verstappen, who drove from last to second, with Carlos Sainz completing the podium and Australian Daniel Ricciardo, winner of the previous race at Monza, coming home fourth.