Max Verstappen suffers from blown tires while Sergio Perez claims victory in the Azerbaijani GP

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Verstappen was 4 factors away from the reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton initially of Sunday’s race and had tried to clinch the thirteenth victory of his profession, however suffered a dramatic tire blow within the last phases of the Grand Prix

With 5 laps to go, the Crimson Bull driver’s luck ran out when his left rear tire punctured and crashed into the concrete wall.

Verstappen was unable to comprise his frustration when he received out of his automotive and kicked the exploded tire.

The race was then suspended to clear the particles scattered on the observe.

The suspension provided Hamilton the possibility to probably win the Grand Prix or at the very least end second and precede Verstappen within the race for the drivers’ title, however attempting to leap Perez on the restart the Brit went off the observe as he closed.

Perez flew away to safe his first win with Crimson Bull and solely the second of his profession.

Sebastian Vettel took second place to provide Aston Martin his first podium in F1, whereas Pierre Gasly completed third on the Alpha Tauri.

‘Humiliating expertise’

“I am so joyful for at present,” mentioned Perez after his win. “Usually Baku is fairly loopy, however I’ve to apologize to Max.

“Right now he deserved the victory and it will have been good for the workforce to get a double, however the victory is a unbelievable end result.”

Hamiiton described his conclusion of the race as “a slightly humiliating expertise”.

“We labored so arduous to get again into the highest 10 and I put all the things on the road however I misplaced in the long run,” Hamilton advised Sky Sports activities.

“I lower a change that places the brakes off, so I went straight into the primary nook on the restart. I am very sorry for the girls and boys on the workforce. I had no concept I even hit the ‘magic’ change.”

Perez walks into the paddock ahead of the Azerbaijani GP.
Previous to Sunday, Hamilton had secured 54 consecutive top-10 finishes, a race that dates again to July 2018 when he needed to retire on the Austrian Grand Prix. The Brit didn’t participate within the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix because of a positive in the Covid-19 test.

Verstappen leads the drivers’ standings with 105 factors, Hamilton with 101 and Perez third with 69.

“We have been in full management, it’s extremely disappointing with what occurred,” Verstappen advised Sky Sports activities as he mirrored on his accident. “Now we have misplaced a whole lot of factors: we may have created a niche, and with what occurs so near the top it is extremely irritating.

“It’s what it’s: we’re nonetheless main the championship regardless of having hit the wall.”

With six races accomplished, the subsequent Grand Prix is ​​in France on June 20.



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