Sergio Perez wins Azerbaijan GP after Verstappen crashes from lead

Rodolfo Schellin

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Sergio Perez received the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in a two-lap shootout after championship leader Max Verstappen crashed while top with a tire failure and Lewis Hamilton went off course striving to seize the gain on the standing restart.

Verstappen was 4 laps away from a next consecutive victory Sunday when his Pink Bull instantly slammed hard into the wall with a puncture to his left rear tire. The Dutchman climbed from his car, inspected the tire and kicked it in anger just before stomping off in disgust above the race-changing failure.

“Is he Okay?” radioed rival and 7-time champion Hamilton.

Verstappen was high-quality but Pink Bull was furious above a next failure of a Pirelli tire in the race and asked for a stoppage to allow for tire improvements for safety causes. Lance Stroll had crashed previously in the race after his individual unpredicted tire failure.

Method One particular red-flagged the race and brought the field to pit lane just before determining to resume with a standing start off for a two-lap sprint to the complete.

Perez was the leader but Hamilton shot previous him in his try to gain the race and reclaim the points guide from Verstappen. But he unsuccessful to brake in the 1st corner and his Mercedes slid off observe. Hamilton dropped to 15th, snapping a streak of 54 consecutive races of earning a points position complete.

“So sorry, fellas,” he advised the workforce.

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel took next for Aston Martin after an amazing travel after qualifying eleventh. Pierre Gasly was 3rd for AlphaTauri.

Sunday’s race was the next red-flagged F1 round of the yr after Valtteri Bottas and George Russell crashed at Imola in April, and the longest suspension considering that a fiery crash for Romain Grosjean in Bahrain past yr caused the race to be stopped much more than an hour.

It was the next profession gain for Perez, who is in his 1st time with Pink Bull and it rather salvaged the race for the workforce that had been headed towards a 1-two complete just before Verstappen’s tire unsuccessful.

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