Motor racing-Crew by group evaluation of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix


(Reuters) – Crew by group evaluation of Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the fourth spherical of the 23-race Formulation One season (Groups listed in championship order):

RED BULL – Sergio Perez 1, Max Verstappen 2

Saturday Dash winner Perez gained from third on the grid, taking the lead when Verstappen pitted on lap 11 simply earlier than the security automobile was deployed. It was his second win of the season, sixth of his profession, and left him six factors behind Verstappen who has additionally gained twice. Perez is the primary to win twice in Baku and 5 of his wins have been on avenue circuits. Verstappen led from lap 4 however was third after his pitstop. He handed Leclerc for the second time on the security automobile restart on lap 14. Crimson Bull stay unbeaten this season. The rostrum was Verstappen’s 81st, yet one more than Ayrton Senna.

ASTON MARTIN – Fernando Alonso 4, Lance Stroll 7

Alonso’s run of successive third place finishes ended at three. The Spaniard made a daring overtake on Ferrari’s Sainz at flip six to safe fourth however, regardless of saving his tyres, couldn’t catch Leclerc who was a second up the highway. Stroll made up two locations initially. He went facet by facet with Russell within the pitlane in the course of the security automobile and was handed by Hamilton on lap 20. The Canadian additionally brushed the wall, with out harm.

MERCEDES – Lewis Hamilton 6, George Russell 8

Mercedes fell additional behind Aston Martin and now have Ferrari solely 14 factors behind. Hamilton began fifth however pitted a lap earlier than the security automobile was deployed, dropping to tenth. Russell began eleventh however gained two locations early on and moved increased when racing resumed earlier than Hamilton got here by means of on lap 15 for seventh, then passing Stroll for sixth. Russell made a late cease for mushy tyres and took the quickest lap bonus level.

FERRARI – Charles Leclerc 3, Carlos Sainz 5

Ferrari’s greatest race to date this yr. Leclerc, second within the Saturday dash, began on pole place and took his group’s first podium end of the season. He led for 3 laps earlier than DRS was activated and Verstappen steamed by means of, adopted by Perez two laps later. Each pitted on lap 11 in the course of the security automobile in a double cease. Leclerc was then handed once more by Verstappen and Sainz by Alonso on lap 14.

MCLAREN – Lando Norris 9, Oscar Piastri 11

McLaren introduced upgrades and the factors pulled them additional away from Alpine. Norris began seventh, misplaced out when he pitted earlier than the security automobile however managed to go Hulkenberg to maneuver into the factors. Piastri began tenth and was struggling all weekend with a abdomen bug.

ALPINE – Pierre Gasly 14, Esteban Ocon 15

Ocon began from the pitlane and did 50 of the 51 laps on a single set of latest laborious tyres, pitting on the ultimate lap for softs and alarmingly discovering photographers in his approach as he entered. Gasly, whose automobile caught hearth in Friday apply earlier than he crashed in qualifying, overtook Bottas and Sargeant on a two-stop medium-hard-hard technique.

HAAS – Kevin Magnussen 13, Nico Hulkenberg 17

Hulkenberg began from the pitlane on a brand new set of hards after suspension setting adjustments and pitted two laps from the tip. Magnussen began sixteenth, making contact with Bottas’s Alfa Romeo at flip two on the opening lap. He took a brand new entrance wing when he pitted on lap 11.

ALFA ROMEO – Valtteri Bottas 18, Guanyu Zhou retired

Bottas made three stops and was first to pit (on lap seven)after the contact with Magnussen. Zhou was instructed to pit and retire as engine temperatures rose.

ALPHATAURI – Yuki Tsunoda 10, Nyck de Vries retired

De Vries began on laborious tyres and triggered the security automobile when he clipped the wall at flip 5, broke his automobile’s entrance left observe rod and was left stranded. Tsunoda was overtaken by Russell and Stroll initially and was then sandwiched between the McLarens.

WILLIAMS – Alex Albon 12, Logan Sargeant 16

Albon suffered entrance wing harm on lap one after contact with a McLaren. Sargeant didn’t participate within the Saturday dash after crashing within the qualifying shootout.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Toby Davis)

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