Sergio Pérez makes the title fight even more exciting in Azerbaijan with the help of the Safety Car | Formula 1

Sergio Perez (Red Bull) won the Formula 1 Grand Prix for Azerbaijan. The Mexican kept team-mate Max Verstappen behind with a little help from the safety car. In this way, Perez reduced his gap to Verstappen in the World Cup standings to 6 points. Pole sitter Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) joined the podium.

Polesitter Leclerc is a cat bird

Charles Leclerc was allowed to start his fourth Grand Prix of the season from pole position, and once again he was unable to capitalize on pole position.

Also in Baku, the Ferrari driver had to admit his superiority to the more energetic Red Bulls. In the opening laps Leclerc was able to hold onto his pole position, once the drivers were allowed to use DRS it was a birdie for the cat.

With the rear wing open, Red Bull was going about 30 km/h faster on the straights. First, Leclerc saw world champion Max Verstappen skip the race, then Sergio Perez followed suit.

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Unlucky pit stop by Max Verstappen

Everything went according to Max Verstappen’s plan. Until he went into the pits when his countryman Nyck de Vries pulled up in front of his car.

Unfortunate stop, because the whole group then went to the center during a safe car park. Verstappen dropped to third.

At the start of the second half he immediately passed Leclerc again. Next task: stop teammate Sergio Perez.

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Perez repels teammate Verstappen

Sergio Pérez didn’t intend (anymore) to play second fiddle to Red Bull and vehemently ignored it. Max Verstappen hasn’t come closer than a second.

Number 1 was looking for boundaries, even hitting the wall, but couldn’t catch Perez. The Mexican snuck away to his second victory this season (after Saudi Arabia).

Double, because yesterday Perez won the sprint race in Baku. In the World Cup standings, he now follows Verstappen by 6 points.

Red Bull employees celebrate with race winner Sergio Perez.

He drove Charles Leclerc to his first podium of the season. Monegasque managed to keep an Aston Martin from Fernando Alonso in AZE.

Next week the Formula 1 drivers will perform in Miami.

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