La gara in Baku per Lewis Hamilton it was an almost indescribable swing of emotions. First the exaltation for having taken the lead of the Grand Prix with the overtaking of Charles Leclerc, then the disappointment in front of the inexorable pace of Red Bull, which overtook him with both drivers at the pit stop. Then again the frustration at not being able to overcome Sergio Perez and the revived hope after Max’s accident Verstappen (and after learning that the Dutchman was unharmed). A godsend for the seven-time world champion, who had now regained the top of the overall standings. But the restart played a very bad joke: Hamilton went wide in turn-1 and was passed by the whole group. The fault of a command operated from the steering wheel, which blocked the brakes. These are the words of the Brit immediately after the Azerbaijani Grand Prix.
Verstappen: “We lost a lot of points”
Azerbaijan GP 2021, order of arrival
“I fought as much as possible today. I think when Checo moved towards me, I hit a switch that turned off the brakes and made me go straight. It is a difficult race to digest, I am sorry for the men and women of the team. We worked so hard this weekend to get back into the top 10 and it seemed like everything was going really well. I gave my all, then there was the episode of the restart. I had no idea I hit that switch. I was unlucky, as was Max. This race was unlucky for both of us, but we will try to regroup and put it all together for the next race“.