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F1. Blown tires care about emotions. Azerbaijan race is full of drama

F1.  Blown tires care about emotions.  Azerbaijan race is full of drama
Max Verstappen has run five laps since winning the Azerbaijan GP and has increased his F1 lead. The tire blowout deprived the Red Bull driver of any illusions. After the restart, Lewis Hamilton exaggerated and didn’t score any points either. Sergio Perez won.

Łukasz Kuczera

Max Verstappen

Press materials / Red Bull / Pictured: Max Verstappen

In recent years, the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been full of drama and accidents. It was no different during this year’s training sessions, which indicated that F1 fans should prepare for about two hours full of sudden twists. And it was.

The narrow street track in Baku is conducive to collisions in the first laps when Formula 1 drivers are crowded. But this time we didn’t see any accidents. Charles Leclerc took center stage with confidence, but Lewis Hamilton, who was behind him, only needed three laps to get over the group.

Hamilton himself didn’t enjoy driving for long, as Mercedes had problems again during a pit stop. This time the mechanics managed to unscrew the wheel on the car, but the process of changing the wheels for Hamilton took 4.6 seconds, as a result of which he lost his position on the track to Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

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Lance Stroll took care of the appropriate drama for the Azerbaijan race. After the accident in qualifying, the Canadian started from the bottom of the field and had solid tires. His strategy was to beat the race with one hole. Halfway the Aston Martin driver was fourth and could think of the points. Then a drama happened to him. The worn-out tire did not hold up so the Canadian grabbed a “slipper” that hit the walls of the track in Baku.

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“Wow, wow, wow,” Stroll shouted after the accident, and the safety car crashed into the lane because officials had to remove the asphalt from the remains of the damaged car. The equalizer was an opportunity for Hamilton, who approached Perez and Verstappen by an arm’s length. – Traction and grip in the middle sector is not good – the Mercedes captain told the engineers, skeptical about the chance of overtaking the Red Bull Racing drivers.

It turns out that Hamilton’s words were correct. Although the Briton followed Perez like a shadow, he was unable to overtake the Mexican, who drifted away on the winding part of the track. While Red Bull slowly took off to celebrate the duo, Max Verstappen’s drama lasted five laps to the end. The Dutchman tire as well as the Stroll tire failed. The 23-year-old crashed into the ranks and didn’t even make it to the finish line. After getting out of the car, Verstappen was so angry that he kicked the wheel of his car.

– Safety car right away! Charles Leclerc shouted over the radio, seeing the number of broken segments on the track. However, the stewards went further, because after the initial decision to neutralize, the red flag was finally shown and the race was stopped, even though there were only two laps left to finish. Unofficially, the breakage was due to the fact that Pirelli wanted to test tires in drivers’ cars.

F1 racing resumed off the grid for only two laps. Hamilton overtook Perez right after the start, but in the first corner the brakes on the Mercedes couldn’t hold up and the 36-year-old was sent off the track. “Sorry,” said the world champion shortly. But the Red Bull driver took his second win of his career.

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Verstappen and Hamilton drama has maintained the status quo in the F1 classification, although nothing seems to be the case. The Dutchman is still four points ahead of the British.

F1 – Azerbaijan GP – Race – Results:

Element Driver Team Wasting time
1. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing 51 oak.
2. Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +1.385
3. Pierre Gasly Alpha Tour +2.762
4. Charles Leclerc Ferrari +3.828
5. Lando Norris McLaren +4.754
6. Fernando Alonso Alps +6.382.0000
7. Yuki Tsunoda Alpha Tour +6.624
8. Carlos Sainz Ferrari +7.709
9. Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +8.874
10. Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +9.576.001.00
11. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +10.254
12. Valtteri Bottas mercedes +11.264
13. Mick Schumacher Hass +14.241
14. Nikita Mazepin Hass +14.315
15th. Lewis Hamilton mercedes +17.668
16. Nicholas Latifi Williams +42.379
17. George Russell Williams not finished
18. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing not finished
19. Lance’s Outing Aston Martin not finished
20. Esteban Ocon Alps not finished

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