F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Max Verstappen suffers tire blow out as Sergio Perez claims win

Verstappen had actually been 4 points clear of ruling world champ Lewis Hamilton at the start of Sunday’s race and had actually searched course to win the 13th win of his profession however suffered a remarkable tire blow out in the grand prix’s closing phases

With 5 laps staying the Red Bull motorist’s luck went out as his left-rear tire pierced and he crashed into the concrete wall.

Verstappen was not able to include his aggravation as he left his cars and truck and kicked the blown tire.

The race was then suspended to clear particles scattered throughout the track.

The suspension provided Hamilton the opportunity to possibly win the grand prix or a minimum of surface 2nd and pull ahead of Verstappen in the motorists’ title race, however looking for to leap Perez at the reboot the Briton ran the track as he secured.

Perez scampered to protect his very first success for Red Bull and just the second of his profession.

Sebastian Vettel declared 2nd to offer Aston Martin its very first podium in F1, while Pierre Gasly ended up third in the Alpha Tauri.

Sergio Perez leads Lewis Hamilton during the Azerbaijan GP.

‘Humbling experience’

“I’m so happy for today,” stated Perez after his success. “Normally Baku is pretty crazy but I have to say sorry to Max.

“He should have the win today and it would have benefited the group to get a one-two however the win is a wonderful outcome.”

Hamiiton described his conclusion to the race as “rather a humbling experience.”

“We have actually worked so tough to come back into the leading 10 and I put whatever on the line however simply lost in the end,” Hamilton told Sky Sports.

“I clipped a switch that positions the brakes off so I simply went directly on at turn one on the reboot. I’m extremely sorry to the men and ladies in the group. I had no concept that I have actually even touched the ‘magic’ switch.”

Perez walks in the paddock ahead of the Azerbaijan GP.
Prior to Sunday, Hamilton had secured 54 successive top-10 finishes, a run going back to July 2018 when he had to retire at the Austrian Grand Prix. The Briton didn’t take part in the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix due to a positive Covid-19 test.

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

“We were totally in control — it’s extremely frustrating with what took place,” Verstappen told Sky Sports as he reflected on his crash. “We lost on a great deal of points — we might have opened a space, and with it taking place so near to completion it is extremely aggravating.

“It is what it is — we’re still leading the championship despite hitting the wall.”

With 6 races finished, the next grand prix remains in France on June 20.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.