Perez wins Azerbaijan GP after Verstappen crashes from lead

Sergio Perez gained the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in a two-lap shootout after championship chief Max Verstappen crashed whereas main with a tire failure and Lewis Hamilton went off on the restart

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Sergio Perez gained the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in a two-lap shootout after championship chief Max Verstappen crashed whereas main with a tire failure and Lewis Hamilton went off beam making an attempt to grab the win on the standing restart.

Verstappen was 4 laps away from a second consecutive victory Sunday when his Purple Bull all of a sudden slammed arduous into the wall with a puncture to his left rear tire. The Dutchman climbed from his automotive, inspected the tire and kicked it in anger earlier than stomping off in disgust over the race-changing failure.

“Is he OK?” radioed rival and seven-time champion Hamilton.

Verstappen was tremendous however Purple Bull was livid over a second failure of a Pirelli tire within the race and requested for a stoppage to permit tire modifications for security causes. Lance Stroll had crashed earlier within the race after his personal surprising tire failure.

Components One red-flagged the race and introduced the sphere to pit lane earlier than deciding to renew with a standing begin for a two-lap dash to the end.

Perez was the chief however Hamilton shot previous him in his try to win the race and reclaim the factors lead from Verstappen. However he didn’t brake within the first nook and his Mercedes slid off monitor. Hamilton dropped to fifteenth, snapping a streak of 54 consecutive races of incomes a factors place end.

“So sorry, guys,” he advised the group.

4-time champion Sebastian Vettel took second for Aston Martin after a formidable drive after qualifying eleventh. Pierre Gasly was third for AlphaTauri.

Sunday’s race was the second red-flagged F1 spherical of the 12 months after Valtteri Bottas and George Russell crashed at Imola in April, and the longest suspension since a fiery crash for Romain Grosjean in Bahrain final 12 months prompted the race to be stopped greater than an hour.

It was the second profession win for Perez, who’s in his first season with Purple Bull and it considerably salvaged the race for the group that had been headed towards a 1-2 end earlier than Verstappen’s tire failed.

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