Perez wins F1 dash at Baku
Purple Bull Racing’s Sergio Perez has taken victory at immediately’s F1 Dash Race at Baku, Azerbaijan. The Mexican breezed previous Leclerc with DRS on the primary straight to take the lead on lap 6. Ferrari’s Leclerc completed second whereas a fuming Verstappen completed third.
Earlier than the beginning of the race Williams’ Logan Sargeant was withdrawn because the group had been unable to restore the automotive in time following the American’s crash in the course of the Dash Shootout earlier within the day.
Esteban Ocon additionally had his share of unhealthy information as Alpine determined to get his automotive out of parc ferme to have the ability to alter some rear suspension settings earlier than the dash race. With the revised dash laws this meant his was required to begin from the again of the grid and can equally have to take action in the primary race on Sunday as nicely.
When the lights went out Charles Leclerc made a clear getaway to keep up the lead from pole, following by Sergio Perez who did not seem to aim an overtake on the Ferrari driver. The preventing was behind them as Russell loved an ideal begin and challenged Verstappen, passing him on the within of Flip 2. It did not occur with out contact, leading to some harm on the ground of Verstappen’s automotive as he mildly got here along with the Mercedes earlier than touching the skin obstacles with the suitable rear wheel.
Behind all this Yuki Tsunoda had a crash of his personal and ended up dropping the suitable rear tyre and varied bits and items of his automotive. As he limped again to the pits yellow had been first initiated, then a digital security automotive for practically a full lap earlier than bringing out the security automotive to permit the marshalls to scrub up all of the particles.
On lap 6 the racing was on once more. Leclerc made a really sturdy getaway and prevented Perez to problem him into Flip 1. Max Verstappen however relaunched nicely and simply handed Russell to take again his third place.
As Carlos Sainz retained fifth, Alonso gained one other place after additionally gaining one at the beginning. This moved the Spaniard up in sixth, adopted by Hamilton, Albon, Stroll and Norris who accomplished the highest 10.
Two lap later, the firs lap with DRS enabled, Perez breezed previous Leclerc on the primary straight to take the lead. This instantly introduced Verstappen in DRS-range of the Ferrari driver however he was unable to get any nearer than that and in reality failed to remain shut sufficient. The identical was legitimate for Leclerc a couple of laps later and just about the whole area with nearly no one in a position to keep shut sufficient to a different automotive to have the DRS benefit.
Stroll handed Albon to take eighth halfway by means of the dash race however nothing else occurred within the factors scoring positions.
Lando Norris in the meantime appeared to have a automotive problem and pitted after dropping a number of positions. Esteban Ocon was additionally unusually pitted 3 laps from the top, leading to a return to final place.
Total it turned out to be a reasonably stale occasion after the preliminary lap. Verstappen quickly ended up discussing the occasion with Russell and later saying he did not “perceive how he may take that a lot danger. All of us have chilly tyres so to understeer into me and create a gap within the sidepod….”. Russell however did not appear impressed by Verstappen’s antics and was completely happy to take 4th place.
Pos.No.DriverCarLapsTimePts111Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1733:17.6678216Charles LeclercFerrari17+4.463s731Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt17+5.065s6463George RussellMercedes17+8.532s5555Carlos SainzFerrari17+10.388s4614Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes17+11.613s3744Lewis HamiltonMercedes17+16.503s2818Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes17+18.417s1923Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes17+21.757s01081Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes17+22.851s01120Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari17+27.990s01224Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari17+34.602s01310Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault17+36.918s01421Nyck De VriesAlphatauri Honda Rbpt17+41.626s01527Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari17+48.587s01677Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari17+49.917s0174Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes17+51.104s01831Esteban OconAlpine Renault17+60.621s0NC22Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Honda Rbpt2DNF0