Perez wins Azerbaijan Grand Prix after Verstappen crashes from lead

Azerbaijan, Baku-Sergio Perez won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with a two-lap shootout. Championship leader Max Verstappen crashed while leading due to a tire failure, leaving Lewis Hamilton off the track trying to win a standing restart.

Max Verstappen had four laps left until Sunday’s second straight victory, when Red Bull suddenly crashed into the wall and the left rear tire punctured. The Dutch got out of the car, inspected the tires, kicked the tires with anger, and then stepped out with disgust at the failure to change the race.

“Is he okay?” Radio rival and seven-time champion Hamilton.

Verstappen went well, but Red Bull was furious at Pirelli’s second failure and demanded that the race be canceled for safety reasons. Lance Stroll said of his unexpected tires. It had previously crashed due to a failure.

On June 6, 2021, the checkered flag of Mexican Red Bull driver Sergio Perez passed the finish line to win the F1 Grand Prix at the Baku Formula One City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan. )

F1 decided to raise the red flag, move the field to the pit lane, restart with a standing start and finish with a two-lap sprint.

Perez was the leader, but Hamilton overtook him in an attempt to regain the lead from Verstappen, but he couldn’t brake in the first corner and Mercedes went off course. It’s gone. Hamilton fell to 15th place and achieved a point position finish for 54 consecutive races.

“Everyone, I’m really sorry,” he told the team. Mercedes representative Toto Wolff told German broadcaster Sky Sports that the front brakes weren’t responding and the team still didn’t know why. ..

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel gave Aston Martin his first F1 podium with an impressive drive after 11th in qualifying, which was Vettel’s best finish since 2019. Pierre Guthrie was third in AlphaTauri as all three drivers were on the podium for the first time this season.

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Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll crashes and gets out of the car during a qualifying session at the Baku Formula One City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 5, 2021. (Darko Vojinovic / AP Photo)

Red Flag Sunday is the second season following the April crash of Valtteri Bottas vs. George Russell in Imola, with a more than an hour stop in Romain Grosjean’s violent crash in Bahrain last November. It was the longest suspension since it occurred.

For Perez, his first season at Red Bull, this was his second victory in his career. He rescued some of the team’s race towards the 1-2 finish before Verstappen’s tires broke down. Verstappen maintained a four-point lead over Hamilton in the standings. Perez has risen to third place.

The 2016 Spanish Grand Prix was the last race in which the top two drivers in the championship ranking failed to score points.

“I’m very, very happy. First of all, I’m very sorry for Max because he had a great race,” Perez said. “I’m going to fight 1-2 together. But in the end it was still a great day for us and we were fortunate enough to finish the race. “

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Max Verstappen (C), a Red Bull driver driving a car during the F1 Grand Prix at the Baku Formula One City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 6, 2021. (Darko Vojinovic / AP Photo)

Charles Leclerc started from Ferrari’s pole position but was unable to recreate the pace of qualifying and was soon overtaken by two cars, Hamilton and Red Bull. Hamilton’s slow pit stop was due to Guthrie passing through the pit box. Maintained by the team, both Felstappen and Perez were able to come out in front of Hamilton.

Verstappen then remained in control and moved forward to victory until he was blinded by a tire failure.

Leclerc lost the fight against Guthrie for the final podium and eventually finished in 4th place. Lando Norris finished fifth in McLaren hours after the team announced that longtime investor Mansour Ojje had died at the age of 68.

Fernando Alonso was sixth in Alpine and Guthrie’s teammate Yuki Tsunoda was seventh in his career.

Carlos Sainz finished 8th in Ferrari after recovering from the course, and Daniel Ricciardo gave McLaren double the point day in 9th. Kimi Raikkonen’s 10th place at Alfa Romeo was his first point finish since November 1st.

Hamilton’s teammate Bottas did not compete in 10th place in qualifying, but was overtaken by two Alfa Romeo cars to finish in 12th place. Mercedes failed to score points for the first time since 2018.

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