The double for Red Bull, the nightmare for Ferrari

World champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won his 25th victory this Sunday at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez, after a race that saw the two Ferraris of Carlos Sainz Jr and Charles Leclerc retire with a mechanical problem. Frenchman Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) took a good fifth place.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix, eighth round of the Formula 1 world championship, promised a duel between the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, who occupied the first four places on the starting grid. In the end, there was no match… The Austrian team lived these 51 laps in the streets of Baku like a dream, Max Verstappen winning ahead of Sergio Perez, while the Italian team lived a nightmare, with the abandonment of Carlos Sainz Jr then of Charles Leclerc, due to mechanical failure. Starting from pole position for the fourth time in a row, the Monegasque driver has still not succeeded in transforming this pole into victory. Far from there ! From the start, Leclerc locked his wheels and Perez passed him in the first corner. Unlike the other editions of this Azerbaijan Grand Prix, there were no crashes on this narrow track, the six retirements of the day coming from mechanical problems. And the first twist came on the ninth lap, when Carlos Sainz, victim of a hydraulic problem, was forced to stop his car in turn 4. Charles Leclerc took advantage of the virtual safety car to enter the pits, leaving Verstappen to take second place. But quickly, the world champion got closer to his teammate, and he ended up overtaking him on the 15th lap to take first place. And the second thunderclap came five laps later. When he had just taken the lead following the pit stop of the two Red Bulls, Charles Leclerc saw his engine explode. The Ferrari race was already over before even halfway through the race!

Hamilton has his back

Nobody could then worry the two Red Bulls, and Max Verstappen even saw his engineer ask him to slow down to preserve his tires and his engine. The Dutchman had a smooth end to the race and was able to achieve his 25th success in Formula 1, at the age of 24, without shaking too much, with a 21-second lead over his Mexican teammate, who never tried to worry him. . Following the abandonment of the Ferraris, the Mercedes came out the best. George Russell, who started fifth, climbed to the third step of the podium, ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamiton, who overtook Daniel Ricciardo then Pierre Gasly to take fourth place, despite severe pain in the vertebrae due to too many rebounds from the mercedes. The Briton had a lot of trouble getting out of his single-seater and Toto Wolff also apologized for this “shitty car” he currently has to drive. Behind the Red Bulls and the Mercedes, it was Pierre Gasly who pulled out of the game by taking a good fifth place after having resisted Hamilton for a long time. The Frenchman finished eight places ahead of his teammate Tsunoda (who finished the race with a rear wing repaired with tape), a rarity this season. Former world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, then Daniel Ricciardo, Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon complete the Top 10. Guanyu Zhou, Kevin Magnussen (two drivers equipped with a Ferrari engine) and Lance Stroll were however unable to go to the end of the race. They will try to do better next week on the Montreal side. A Grand Prix that Max Verstappen will approach with 21 points ahead of Sergio Perez and 34 over Charles Leclerc, and Red Bull with 80 more than Ferrari.

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