Perez earns double wins at Azerbaijan GP

    Perez is now just six points behind Verstappen in the F1 standings after winning the Azerbaijan GP.

    Published On Apr 30, 2023 07:49:00 PM

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    Sergio Perez has cut Max Verstappen’s F1 championship lead after winning the Sprint Race as well as Sunday’s Azerbaijan GP on the streets of Baku. Polesitter Charles Leclerc finished third, scoring his first podium this season.

    • Perez wins 2.137secs ahead of Verstappen
    • Scores 33 out of a possible 34 points at Baku
    • Leclerc completes podium

    Safety car helps Perez defeat Verstappen

    Leclerc initially held on to the lead at the start, but it was only a matter of time before Verstappen used DRS to breeze past him. Perez followed suit, making it a Red Bull 1-2 out at front.

    The defining point of the race came when Nyck de Vries clipped the wall on Lap 11, bringing out the yellow flags. Red Bull decided to pit Verstappen for fresh tyres, only for the Safety Car to be deployed moments later. This ended up benefitting drivers like Perez and Leclerc, who emerged ahead of Verstappen after taking their own pit stops.

    Once racing resumed, Verstappen quickly cleared Lecerc to move up to second place, but he couldn’t find a way past his teammate. Perez crossed the chequered flag to take victory, further cementing his reputation as king of the street circuits. He also becomes the only driver to have scored multiple wins at Baku.

    Speaking after the race, Perez did bring up his brush with the barriers on Lap 34, admitting that he was lucky his front-right tyre didn’t blow up.

    Leclerc fends off pressure from Alonso

    Leclerc couldn’t convert the strong pace he showed in qualifying into victory, but the Ferrari driver did enough to make his first podium appearance this year. He had to hold off a late charge from Fernando Alonso and brought an end to the Aston Martin drivers’ 2023 podium streak.

    Carlos Sainz was fifth, followed by Lewis Hamilton, Lance Stroll and George Russell. Lando Norris and Yuki Tsunoda completed the top 10.

    2023 F1 championship standings

    Verstappen holds on to the championship lead, but Perez’s latest win means he’s just six points behind his teammate. The Mexican scored 33 out of a possible 34 points across the weekend. Alonso is third, 33 points off the lead.

    F1 will now makes its way to the USA for the Miami GP on May 5-7.

    2023 Azerbaijan GP results

    2023 Azerbaijan GP results
    PosDriverTeam
    1Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing
    2Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing
    3Charles LeclercFerrari
    4Fernando AlonsoAston Martin
    5Carlos SainzFerrari
    6Lewis HamiltonMercedes
    7Lance StrollAston Martin
    8George RussellMercedes
    9Lando NorrisMcLaren
    10Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri
    11Oscar PiastriMcLaren
    12Alex AlbonWilliams
    13Kevin MagnussenHaas
    14Pierre GaslyAlpine
    15Esteban OconAlpine
    16Logan SargeantWilliams
    17Nico HulkenbergHaas
    18Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo
    NCZhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo
    NCNyck de VriesAlphaTauri

    Also see:

    New F1 Sprint format explained

    Verstappen wins chaotic Australian GP as only 12 cars finish

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