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Toto Wolff

Wolff hails Hamilton's 'mind-blowing' 100th victory

Toto Wolff expects that Lewis Hamilton's record-breaking achievement of 100 Formula 1 wins is something that he will reflect on being a part of in many years to come.

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Toto Wolff admits that witnessing Lewis Hamilton claim a record 100th F1 victory at the Russian Grand Prix was "mind-blowing".

The seven-time World Champion took the lead of the race in the final laps from Lando Norris after the McLaren driver misjudged when to pit for Intermediate tyres in the changing weather conditions, allowing Hamilton to achieve the unequalled feat.

Wolff believes that being a part of this is something he will look back on in many years to come.

"I think we are witnesses of a career that is just amazing," the Mercedes Team Principal told Sky Sports. "The 100th race victory is just mind-blowing.

"Today we talk about it. It's going to be in the news for 24 hours, but only many years down the line we're going to realise that we've been part of it."

When asked if there is a sense of awe at being in the same team as Hamilton, Wolff explained: "I think if you were to be in awe, that would be the wrong working relationship and friendship.

"But you realise that you're being part of a journey that no other sportsman in Formula 1 has done so far, and that is beyond the races that we've won or championships.

"That, from the human aspect, to be a part of is special."

Hamilton admitted after the race that he wasn't convinced that his 100th race win would come in Sochi.

"It's taken a long time to get to 100 and I wasn't even sure whether or not it would come," the Briton explained.

"Lando did such an amazing job, he had incredible pace. He's doing such a great job for McLaren, and it was very bittersweet to see my old team ahead. They've been doing so well, they won the last race, so they're doing fantastic, powered by Mercedes.

"Obviously the team made a great call right at the end. I didn't want to let Lando go, and of course I didn't know what the weather was doing.

"I'm incredibly, incredibly grateful to all these men and women that are here and back in the factory, because, wow, 100!"

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