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Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Max Verstappen suffers tire blow out as Sergio Perez claims win

Verstappen had been 4 factors away from reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton at first of Sunday’s race and had appeared on target to win the thirteenth win of his profession however suffered a dramatic tire blow out within the grand prix’s closing phases

With 5 laps remaining the Red Bull driver’s luck ran out as his left-rear tyre punctured and he crashed into the concrete wall.

Verstappen was unable to include his frustration as he received out of his automobile and kicked the blown tire.

The race was then suspended to clear particles strewn throughout the monitor.

The suspension provided Hamilton the prospect to doubtlessly win the grand prix or not less than end second and pull forward of Verstappen within the drivers’ title race, however in search of to leap Perez on the restart the Briton ran off the monitor as he locked up.

Perez sped away to safe his first victory for Red Bull and solely the second of his profession.

Sebastian Vettel claimed second to present Aston Martin its first podium in F1, whereas Pierre Gasly completed third within the Alpha Tauri.

Sergio Perez leads Lewis Hamilton during the Azerbaijan GP.

‘Humbling expertise’

“I’m so comfortable for at present,” stated Perez after his victory. “Normally Baku is fairly loopy however I’ve to make an apology to Max.

“He deserved the win at present and it might have been good for the staff to get a one-two however the win is a implausible outcome.”

Hamiiton described his conclusion to the race as “fairly a humbling expertise.”

“We’ve labored so laborious to come back again into the highest 10 and I put all the pieces on the road however simply misplaced out ultimately,” Hamilton instructed Sky Sports.

“I clipped a swap that locations the brakes off so I simply went straight on at flip one on the restart. I’m very sorry to the blokes and ladies within the staff. I had no concept that I’ve even touched the ‘magic’ swap.”

Perez walks in the paddock ahead of the Azerbaijan GP.
Prior to Sunday, Hamilton had secured 54 successive top-10 finishes, a run going again to July 2018 when he needed to retire on the Austrian Grand Prix. The Briton did not participate within the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix on account of a positive Covid-19 test.

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

“We had been totally in management — it’s extremely disappointing with what occurred,” Verstappen instructed Sky Sports as he mirrored on his crash. “We misplaced out on plenty of factors — we might have opened up a niche, and with it occurring so near the top it is vitally irritating.

“It is what it’s — we’re nonetheless main the championship regardless of hitting the wall.”

With six races accomplished, the subsequent grand prix is in France on June 20.

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