Red Bull’s Sergio Perez gained a drama-filled and chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday after his teammate Max Verstappen had a high-speed crash, resulting in the race getting halted for a while. Verstappen remained unharmed however was seen extraordinarily disillusioned and dejected as a result of he was headed for victory earlier than the crash occurred with simply three laps to go. This is Perez’s first win for Red Bull and solely the second of his profession. Strangely, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who was P2 after the crash, didn’t even end in Top 10 with Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly ending second and third, respectively.
The drama on the streets of Baku left Verstappen retaining the lead within the drivers standings.
Perez mentioned: “I’m so joyful for at the moment. Normally Baku is fairly loopy however I’ve to express regret to Max.
“He deserved the win at the moment and it will have been good for the group to get a 1-2 however the win is a unbelievable outcome.
He inherited the lead when his teammate Verstappen’s left rear tyre shredded triggering a high-speed crash within the straight as he was set to money in on his second straight win and third of the season.
“Tyre,” shouted a distraught Verstappen on the group radio.
After a red-flag stoppage lasting over half an hour to clear particles from Verstappen’s stricken automotive the grand prix resumed with a two lap dash to the chequered flag.
Hamilton seemed to have the measure of Perez however spun off at flip one leaving Perez to gather an unlikely win.
Pole-sitter Charles Leclerc got here in fifth and Hamilton out of the factors like Verstappen in 15th.
(With AFP inputs)
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