The seven-time world champion overtook longtime race leader Lando Norris of late. Norris – who was aiming for a maiden Grand Prix victory and leading for most of the race – cut his McLaren in heavy rain.
As well as winning his 100th Grand Prix and becoming the first driver to achieve the feat, he went back to the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings ahead of Verstappen.
Hamilton – who overtook F1 legend Michael Schumacher to win the most races last year – thanked his team for helping him get to this point.
“So it’s good to see us united again and obviously the team made a great call in the end,” he added.
“I didn’t want to let Lando go and of course I didn’t know what the weather was doing, but I’m incredibly grateful to all these men and women who are here and back at the factory, wow, 100. “
While it was Hamilton who finished on top of the podium on Sunday, it was another Brit who seemed destined to make his own history.
Norris, 21, claimed the first pole position of his career on Saturday, battling tough conditions to lead the pack.
And after briefly losing the race lead to Carlos Sainz, he effectively regained it on lap 13.
When the race started the conditions were dry, with rain in Sochi making conditions difficult for the drivers.
Norris and Hamilton were initially out until four laps had passed, the Mercedes driver being advised by his team to switch to intermediate tyres.
With more heavy rain on slick tyres, Norris was caught comfortably by Hamilton as the 36-year-old took a late lead.
The McLaren driver lost speed as he tried to navigate the conditions, before losing control and turning his car on the 51st lap.
He eventually finished seventh, and later became clearly emotional.
“I’m sad, kind of devastated,” he said after the race. “It was my decision, I thought it was the way to go.”
“He had incredible speed, he’s doing such a great job for McLaren, and it was obviously very bittersweet to see my old team go ahead – they’re doing great, obviously they won the last race.” – They’re doing fantastic.”
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