Lewis Hamilton became the first Formula One driver to reach 100 grand prix wins in Russia on Sunday. He’s won more races and at more tracks than any other driver – but which races has he never won?
Lewis Hamilton the first driver to 100 wins
Hamilton had been stuck on 99 wins since the British Grand Prix in July.
He started the Russian GP at Sochi fourth on the grid after a scrappy final segment to qualifying on Saturday.
At lights out, Hamilton was mired in the midfield, stuck behind Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren.
Mercedes opted to run long, stretching for a one-stop strategy.
A slow stop for Ricciardo allowed Hamilton leapfrog the Australian and then begin to close in on net race leader Lando Norris.
Hamilton tracked Norris, steadily whittling away at the gap, until he was in DRS range, as the rain closed in.
Where Norris hesitated over whether to fit intermediate tyres, Hamilton pitted for the change.
Conditions got worse, allowing Hamilton to carve chunks of time out of Norris, who couldn’t keep the McLaren on the track.
Hamilton would pass and go onto take the win, ahead of title rival Max Verstappen.
The Briton became the first driver to record three figures in terms of F1 wins, and regain the championship lead by two points.
While Hamilton has now won 100 races and won more different races than anyone else, there are some races he has not yet to date, and some where he never will, take the win at.
Let’s take a look:
F1 races Hamilton could potentially win in future
In his 281 starts in F1, Hamilton has raced in 33 different grands prix. He has won 28 of them.
This leaves five races the seven-time champion has not claimed victory at.
The first is the European Grand Prix.
This moniker is used rarely, but was a mainstay of the calendar between Hamilton’s debut year of 2007 and 2012.
His most memorable moments in a European GP came in 2007 at the Nurburgring and in ’12 at Valencia.
In the former, he crashed heavily after a tyre failure in qualifying, leading to his first non-podium finish in the series.
At Valencia, on the last lap, Pastor Maldonado clipped Hamilton on the last lap, sending the McLaren into the barrier.
The last time the European GP was run was in 2016, in Baku.
Hamilton laboured to fifth, having struggled with engine settings throughout the race.
It’s not inconceivable that a European GP could return to the calendar, so Hamilton could yet still claim a win in the event.
The same can be said of the Dutch Grand Prix.
Hamilton has raced once in the Dutch GP, a few weeks ago at Zandvoort. He finished second to Verstappen.
Two races Lewis Hamilton could add to 100 wins at – if they return
The Korean and Indian Grands Prix mark two events Hamilton never won in their brief slots on the calendar.
Korean joined in 2010, India a year later. By 2014, both were gone.
Hamilton did claim a pole position in Korea 2011, but lost out to Sebastian Vettel.
Second would be his best result in Korea.
As for India, the only way to win there was if you’re name was Vettel and you had a Red Bull.
The German only failed to lead 28 laps across the three visits F1 made to the Buddh circuit, before it fell away due to tax issues with the national government.
The one F1 race Hamilton will never win
In response to the pandemic and cancelled races in 2020, Silverstone held two F1 races that year.
The second, after the British GP, was officially known as the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
It celebrated 70 years since the world championship was incepted back in 1950.
On a day Mercedes struggled with its tyres, Hamilton salvaged second place behind Verstappen.
The race will never return to the calendar.
Circuits Hamilton has not won at
Hamilton has a record eight wins apiece at the Hungaroring and at Silverstone.
He’s won at 29 of the 34 tracks he’s raced at in F1.
As outlined above, four of those he’s never won at include Yeognam in Korea and Buddh in India.
He failed to win at the Valencia Street Circuit when it hosted the European GP, and at Zandvoort for his sole Dutch GP start to date.
There is just one other circuit Hamilton has never won at.
In Hamilton’s first two seasons in F1, the French GP was held at Magny-Cours.
He claimed third place in 2007, but could only manage 10th a year later, in a scrappy race.
He would go onto win the French GP when it returned to the calendar at Paul Ricard in 2018, and again in 2019.