Perez advantages from security automotive and leads Pink Bull 1-2 at Baku
Pink Bull Racing secured the proper outcome on the Baku by taking a 1-2 end for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen was intently matched all through the race whereas closest challenger Charles Leclerc completed 19 seconds behind.
The beginning was pretty clear with Leclerc simply taking the lead from pole place, adopted with out problem by Verstappen and Perez. Sainz, Hamilton and Alonso additionally maintained their positions regardless that that required a little bit of defending forward of Flip 2 from Hamilton. Behind them Stroll gained two positions and moved up into seventh. Russell additionally gained two into ninth. The very best begin was for Magnussen who moved up from sixteenth to thirteenth.
When DRS received enabled on lap 3 each Pink Bulls had been shut sufficient to make use of it whereas Sainz in fourth could not. Hamilton, Alonso and Stroll had been properly positioned to get nearer to the Ferrari driver.
The second cross throughout the end line with DRS enabled was the proper one for Verstappen. He simply made it previous Leclerc who was then dropped proper into the trail of Perez. The Mexican predictably handed Leclerc for second place one lap later in the very same trend.
The primary pitstops occurred round lap 8 with Albon one of many first. Hamilton pitted on lap 10 after seeing the hole to Sainz improve as much as 3 seconds whereas Alonso was inside half a second. One lap later Verstappen pitted after seeing Perez shut in and reporting a lot of sliding.
20 seconds after Verstappen emerged bck on observe the protection automotive was introduced out as a result of Nyck Devries ended up caught on a run-off space. He broke the steering rod of his left entrance suspension by clipping the wall and had no solution to proceed. This was clearly excellent news for many who hadn’t pitted but. Virtually all people did a cease to modify to arduous tyres bar Ocon and Hulkenberg who had began on arduous tyres anyway.
As the protection stood nonetheless to select up the chief, Perez appeared near an unsafe launch. Russell in the meantime got here up alongside Stroll on the pit entry to boost some eyebrows whereas at Aston Martin they displayed good pit work by finishing stops for his or her automobiles in fast succession.
The race was restarted on lap 15 with Verstappen quickly difficult Leclerc and instantly taking second place. Lance Stroll received again at Russell and handed him forward of Flip 2 whereas Alonso cleared Sainz for 4th place. Again on the straight Russell misplaced one other place as Hamilton breezed previous with DRS large open. Russell apologised to his workforce over the radio, saying “properly that was a **** restart. Sorry guys”.
With your entire high 8 on an identical tyres and almost an identical tyre age nothing a lot occurred other than some challenges that did not actually materialise in overtaking. The one actual place change was for Hamilton as he gained a place after Stroll went large on the nook main into the principle straight, making him a simple goal.
Because the tyres light for everybody no person in factors scoring positions selected to pit leaving all people to focus to finish the race safely and possibly with out attempting any overtakes. Hulkenberg was worst off and nearly went backwards after getting a “no” from his workforce when asking for a pitstop. Curiously he nonetheless needed to make his single cease, which he ultimately solely did for the final lap (identical to Ocon).
As the top got here close to, Perez, Verstappen and Alonso exchanged quickest laps till Russell determined one lap from the top to pit and tackle a set of softs to attempt to settle that battle. And so he did, finishing the ultimate lap in 1:43.370, almost a full second sooner than second greatest which was Verstappen’s closing lap.
Pos.No.DriverCarLapsTimePts111Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt511:32:42.4362521Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt51+2.137s18316Charles LeclercFerrari51+21.217s15414Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes51+22.024s12555Carlos SainzFerrari51+45.491s10644Lewis HamiltonMercedes51+46.145s8718Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes51+51.617s6863George RussellMercedes51+74.240s594Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes51+80.376s21022Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Honda Rbpt51+83.862s11181Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes51+86.501s01223Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes51+88.623s01320Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari51+89.729s01410Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault51+91.332s01531Esteban OconAlpine Renault51+97.794s0162Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes51+100.943s01727Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari50+1 lap01877Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari50+1 lap0NC24Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari36DNF0NC21Nyck De VriesAlphatauri Honda Rbpt9DNF0
Observe – Russell scored an extra level for setting the quickest lap of the race.