F1: Sergio Perez leads Crimson Bull 1-2 in Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Sergio Perez Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Winner Crimson Bull Racing’s Mexican driver Sergio Perez celebrates on the rostrum subsequent to 3rd positioned Ferrari’s Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc after the System One Azerbaijan Grand Prix on the Baku Metropolis Circuit in Baku on April 30, 2023. (Photograph by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)

Sergio Perez received Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix with teammate Max Verstappen in second to ram house Crimson Bull’s supremacy over the remainder of the System One grid.

Ferrari’s pole-sitter Charles Leclerc accomplished the rostrum, a good third.

“Vamos!” exclaimed the Mexican on the staff radio after making it a vastly worthwhile weekend in Baku the place he additionally claimed Saturday’s dash race.

Crimson Bull boss Christian Horner acknowledged Perez’s “sensational weekend.”

He added: “He’s at all times been excellent on this observe, I don’t know what it’s about Azerbaijan, however he completely excels right here.”

Crimson Bull’s roll by 2023 after 4 races now reads 4 wins plus Saturday’s dash, three poles, and three 1-2s.

Verstappen leads the drivers’ championship by simply six factors forward of the fifth spherical of the document 23-race season in Miami.

Perez’ engineer instructed him on the staff radio he was the “king of the streets” and with justification as 5 of his six F1 wins – not counting Saturday’s dash – have come on road circuits, twice in Baku alongside victories in Saudi Arabia, Monaco and Singapore.

The favored Perez, who believes he can actually problem Verstappen for the title, mentioned: “It actually labored out right now for us (me), we managed to maintain the strain on Max. I believe it was very shut between us, we pushed to the utmost, we each hit the wall just a few occasions however we (I) managed to maintain him below management.”

Leclerc conceded that in the interim at any charge Crimson Bull was in “one other league as soon as it involves the race”.

“Over 51 laps it was not doable, they’ve a lot extra tempo than we do. Everyone seems to be working flat out to know what we will do within the races to shut the hole.”

Security automobile

The warmest day of a frenetic dash weekend had the drivers arriving onto the grid, umbrellas perched on their vehicles.

After a powerful rendition of the nationwide anthem, the covers got here off the tires and the lights went out with pole-sitter Leclerc holding off Verstappen to the 90-degree flip one.

The Dutch ace had the Ferrari in his cross hairs although, ready to pounce.

The inevitable occurred on lap 4 because the Crimson Bull star nipped previous, leaving Leclerc sandwiching the Crimson Bulls.

Perez inched nearer to the slower pink rival and duly coasted previous on lap six.

Verstappen pitted on lap 10 leaving Perez in management however then the protection automobile intervened to clear Nyck De Vries’s stricken Alpha Tauri after hitting a wall.

All of the leaders used the protection interlude to take a free pit cease with racing resuming below a security automobile restart on lap 13.

Perez managed that slickly as Verstappen received the higher of Leclerc to depart the Crimson Bulls in entrance.

On the halfway level, Perez led from Verstappen with Leclerc a forlorn 13sec behind, and that’s because it ended up in a race that won’t determine on most followers’ prime 5 of the season.

Fernando Alonso solely narrowly missed out on a fourth consecutive podium, the 41-year-old Spaniard ending fourth within the Aston Martin forward of Carlos Sainz within the different Ferrari.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was in sixth forward of Lance Stroll within the second Aston Martin.

George Russell, who secured the purpose for the quickest lap, was ninth for Mercedes with Yuki Tsunoda’s Alpha Tauri rounding out the highest 10.

Verstappen was relaxed at his teammate taking the limelight.

“We all know it’s a really lengthy season, you continue learning – it could possibly by no means be good on a regular basis.”


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