Resounding twist in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Max Verstappen with 6 laps from the end he crashes due to the explosion of the left rear tire. Incredibly, the race restarts to cover the three final laps after the safety-car and the next Red flag, and even more incredibly we start again from the grill after using the start one from the pits behind the safety car as a formation lap on the grid.
The chronicle of this race inevitably starts from the end and the victory, literally given away from the Dutch of the Red Bull, goes to his teammate Sergio Perez, which on the street circuit of Baku captures its second win in Formula 1 after that of Sakhir of last year. The seven-time world champion of the Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, who was leaving next to him, after having actually already climbed over him, he went long braking at the first corner giving sula vault the place of honor to the German Sebastian Vettel, which gives to the Aston Martin the first podium in its history in the Circus, third the French of theAlphaTauri Pierre Gasly which took away the podium from Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, fourth. The other Red octave, that of Carlos Sainz.
Here is the chronicle of the rest of the Grand Prix. Fortunately regular start of the race with poleman Leclerc who remains ahead of Hamilton and Verstappen, Perez gains two positions against Gasly and Sainz who started badly. Hamilton al third round overtakes Leclerc who still loses two positions in favor of the Red Bulls and at the beginning of the tenth lap is the first to stop to change tires. In the next lap, his teammate Sainz stops but once he starts again he goes long to the third corner starting from the rear.
Hamilton stops at 12th e he cannot leave immediately because Gasly passes in front of him in the pit lane but remains in front of Leclerc, who indeed loses his position even from the Frenchman of AlphaTauri. At the 13th unreal 1 ”9 pit stop by Verstappen who returns to the track clearly ahead of Hamilton, then it’s Perez’s turn and he too goes ahead of the seven-time world champion.
The last to stop are Vettel, who also enjoys it a few turns in the head and then returns to seventh position behind Leclerc, e Stroll with Aston Martins. After 20 laps Verstappen has just over three seconds on Perez protecting him keeping behind him Hamilton, in a few laps the Dutchman doubles the gap on his teammate.
At 31st Stroll, who is fourth and incredibly hasn’t stopped to change tires yet, goes to bang in full straight because the left rear tire exploded, the safety car was inevitable. The race resumes later five laps and Vettel gains two positions bypassing Leclerc and Gasly and even going to the attack of Hamilton which then however is not free but he fails to undermine Perez’s place of honor.
But on lap 47 the twist already described above. Fifth at the finish line McLaren of Lando Norris, sixth la Alpine of Fernando Alonso, seventh the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda with the second AlphaTauri, the Australian ninth Daniel Ricciardo with the second McLaren, tenth and eleventh Kimi Raikkonen e Antonio Giovinazzi with the Alfa Romeo. Mercedes closes at an altitude zero points in the constructors’ classification because a disastrous one Valtteri Bottas did not go beyond the twelfth place, Verstappen instead increased his advantage over Hamilton by a point thanks to the fastest lap reaching 5 points of margin.
OMNISPORT | 06-06-2021 16:26