Wolff: 100 wins show Hamilton is the best ever in F1

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Reaching 100 wins in Formula 1 shows Lewis Hamilton is the sport's best ever driver, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff claims.

After a strong start with three wins in the opening five races, the seven-time world champion has had to wait to achieve his century, scoring No.99 at Silverstone and then No.100 in Sochi just over a week ago.

Reflecting on that milestone, Wolff believes that while the initial recognition will soon pass, in the long-term Hamilton's success will be more appreciated.

"We are witnesses of a career that is just amazing. The 100th race victory is just mind-blowing," said the Austrian.

"When we look back in many years, it is very special to have been part of that journey, and a witness to this journey because he is the all-time record holder.

“If you were to be in awe then that would be the wrong working relationship but we realise that we have been part of a journey that no other sportsman in Formula 1 has done so far.

“I think his record speaks for itself. He is just the best there has ever been.”

As for Hamilton, he surprisingly admitted: "It's taken a long time to get to 100 and I wasn't even sure whether or not it would come," he said post-race in Sochi.

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"I could only ever have dreamed of still being here and having this opportunity to win these races and get to drive against such phenomenal talent this late in my career

"Also to continue to building with Mercedes, of which I’m so proud of everything we’ve done, not only on track but also off. It is just a special moment for everyone that has been a part of it.

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