Perez wins the Baku Grand Prix

Perez wins the Baku Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez won the Baku Grand prix race from a resurgent Sebastian Vettel and Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly in a two-lap sprint to the finish when the race was stopped after Verstappen crashed out with five laps to go.

His uncharacteristic error meant Verstappen retained the championship lead by four points from the Mercedes driver.

Vettel achieved the 122nd podium of his career today and it’s the first time he’s been in the top three since Turkey last season.

It’s also the first time the German has finished in second place since the Mexican Grand Prix of 2019.

Drama all the way through the Baku grand prix

Max Verstappen lost victory to a late puncture in a dramatic finish to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that also saw Lewis Hamilton throw away a chance to reclaim the championship lead.

Hamilton was second on the grid at the restart and was ahead of Perez into Turn One but locked up his tyres and ran into the escape road, dropping to 15th at the flag.

For the first time this season, Charles Leclerc led away from pole, but he was passed for the lead by Lewis Hamilton with no need for DRS, so strong was the tow, on Lap 2. Verstappen then swept by the Ferrari man on Lap 7.

His uncharacteristic error meant Verstappen retained the championship lead by four points from the Mercedes driver.

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