Max Verstappen takes a Red Bull double to Baku; shutdown for the Ferraris and for Lance Stroll

Sunday 12 June 2022 by Julie Bouchard

Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez collected a double for the Red Bull team again this Sunday during the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan played on the temporary street circuit of Baku. The Red Bull drivers took advantage of the retirements of the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to double-secure them ahead of George Russell (Mercedes).

Qualified in pole position Charles Leclerc lost the lead in the first corner, in favor of Pérez. He briefly regained the lead as Verstappen’s Red Bull pitted on lap 19, but a lap later Leclerc’s race came to a halt in a plume of white smoke, indicative of a broken engine from his Ferrari. It was Ferrari’s second retirement since Carlos Sainz had to retire after a hydraulic failure on lap ninth.

At Red Bull, Sergio Pérez (who set the fastest lap in the race) had to let Verstappen pass before Leclerc even retired. For his part, Russell on the podium, having started fifth. The Briton once again dominated his teammate Lewis Hamilton throughout the event. Still voted driver of the day, but with severe back pain when he got out of the car, Hamilton (qualified seventh) was in the Top 5 after a pit stop during neutralization (Virtual Safety Car) following the stop of Sainz on the edge of the track, on the 10th lap.

He made his second stop on lap 34, overtaking Pierre Gasly 10 laps later with the advantage of less worn tires. The AlphaTauri rider finished fifth after a sixth start.

Sebastian Vettel took 6th place with his Aston Martin. Apart from a straight line during a failed attempt to overtake Esteban Ocon at the start of the race, he had a very good race, unlike his teammate, Lance Stroll, who was never able to score points. This other anonymous appearance by the Quebec driver ended three laps from the finish, with Lance returning to the pits with a possible engine problem.

Fernando Alonso (Alpine) started 10th and finished seventh, ahead of the McLarens of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris. To complete the Top 10 we find Esteban Ocon, who started from 13th place on the starting grid.

This means that no Ferrari engine finishes in the points this Grand Prix. The best of them is Valtteri Bottas, 11th with his Alfa Romeo. 4 drivers with the Ferrari engine (Sainz, Leclerc, Kevin Magnussen with his Haas and Guanyu Zhou with his Alfa Romeo) had to stop due to mechanical problems.

At Williams, Alex Albon reached 12th place after starting 17th. Still better than Torontonian Nicholas Latifi, who got 15 seconds in two penalties and finished 15th, the last of the drivers to finish this race without a spectacular overtake.

For the full ranking, click here. Note that Sergio Pérez with his second place today overtakes Charles Leclerc in the drivers’ championship as Max Verstappen consolidates his lead in first place.

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