Checo Pérez ganó el Gran Premio de Azerbaiyán en final de infarto /Perez wins Azerbaijan GP after Verstappen crashes from lead

El mexicano conquistó el primer puesto del Gran Premio, siendo así su primera victoria con la escudería de Red Bull. El segundo lugar se lo llevó Sebastián Vettel, de Ferrari, y el tercero Pierre Gasly, de Alpha Tauri

Después de una cardiaca competencia, RedBull volvió a conquistar el podio de la Fórmula 1, en esta ocasión, con Sergio Checo Pérez a la cabeza del Gran Premio de Azerbaiyán 2021. En segundo puesto quedó Sebastián Vettel, de Ferrari y en tercero Pierre Gasly, de Toro Rosso.

Por su parte, su compañero de escudería, Max Verstappen, sufrió un accidente tras una pinchadura en el neumático trasero izquierdo, esto a pocas vueltas de culminar la carrera que venía encabezando.

En tanto, a pesar que Lewis Hamilton presionó al mexicano en la disputa por el podio, un error en una vuelta, que los expertos califican como “de principiante”, le costó la victoria y los puntos para Mercedes Benz al descender hasta el 15 lugar.

El equipo de Red Bull había vivido una tarde complicada en la clasificación del pasado sábado 6 de junio, ya que Checo perdió la posibilidad de salir en la primera fila tras posicionarse en el séptimo lugar de la parrilla, mientras que Vertappen se colocó en el tercero. Ambos resultados desfavorables para el rendimiento que venían demostrando en los entrenamientos.

Perez wins Azerbaijan GP after Verstappen crashes from lead

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Sergio Perez won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in a two-lap shootout after championship leader Max Verstappen crashed while leading with a tire failure and Lewis Hamilton went off course trying to seize the win on the standing restart.

Verstappen was four laps away from a second consecutive victory Sunday when his Red Bull suddenly slammed hard into the wall with a puncture to his left rear tire. The Dutchman climbed from his car, inspected the tire and kicked it in anger before stomping off in disgust over the race-changing failure.

“Is he OK?” radioed rival and seven-time champion Hamilton.

Verstappen was fine but Red Bull was furious over a second failure of a Pirelli tire in the race and asked for a stoppage to allow tire changes for safety reasons. Lance Stroll had crashed earlier in the race after his own unexpected tire failure.

Formula One red-flagged the race and brought the field to pit lane before deciding to resume with a standing start for a two-lap sprint to the finish.

Perez was the leader but Hamilton shot past him in his attempt to win the race and reclaim the points lead from Verstappen. But he failed to brake in the first corner and his Mercedes slid off track. Hamilton dropped to 15th, snapping a streak of 54 consecutive races of earning a points position finish.

“So sorry, guys,” he told the team.

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel took second for Aston Martin after an impressive drive after qualifying 11th. Pierre Gasly was third for AlphaTauri.

Sunday’s race was the second red-flagged F1 round of the year after Valtteri Bottas and George Russell crashed at Imola in April, and the longest suspension since a fiery crash for Romain Grosjean in Bahrain last year caused the race to be stopped more than an hour.

It was the second career win for Perez, who is in his first season with Red Bull and it somewhat salvaged the race for the team that had been headed toward a 1-2 finish before Verstappen’s tire failed. AP