Verstappen tightens grip on championship direct as Ferrari endure Baku nightmare

Verstappen tightens grip on championship lead as Ferrari endure Baku nightmare

Verstappen tightens grip on championship direct as Ferrari endure Baku nightmare

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Leclerc
had
claimed
his
fourth
successive
pole
situation
at
the
street
circuit
in
Baku
but
was
passed
into
the
1st
corner
by
Monaco
winner
Sergio
Perez.

Perez
struggled
to
press
home
his
benefit,
though,
and
at some point
ceded
the
direct
to
Verstappen
on
lap
15.

Leclerc
experienced
dived
into
the
pits
under
the
digital
safety
vehicle
immediately after
his
Ferrari
team-mate
Carlos
Sainz
retired
thanks
to
a
hydraulics
issue
and
appeared
to
be
very well-positioned
to
problem
Verstappen,
only
for
an
motor
failure
on
lap
20
to
hand
victory
to
his
Red
Bull
rival,
who
led
a
a person-two
forward
of
Perez
and
Mercedes’ George
Russell.

Ferrari’s
dismal
working day
commenced
as
Perez
reacted
a lot quicker
than
Leclerc
at
the
get started
to
immediately
render
his
pole
immaterial
and
by
lap
9
they
had been
down
a
vehicle
as
Sainz
was
pressured
to
stop
his
race.

The
Scuderia
responded
by
gambling
on
pitting
Leclerc
for
fresh new
tyres
without
the
regular
time
decline
and
that
decision
appeared
to
be
having to pay
dividends,
a
opportunity
battle
with
Verstappen
looming
immediately after
the
Dutchman
passed
Perez
on
lap
15,
the
Mexican
getting
emerged
from
a
gradual
quit
just
in
front
of
Russell.

Any
prospect
of
that
combat
was
eradicated
when
blue
smoke
puffed
out
of
the
back
of
Leclerc’s
Ferrari
on
lap
20,
vastly
harming
his
title
prospective buyers.

Additional
blows
to
Ferrari
arrived
as
the
Alfa
Romeo
of
Zhou
Guanyu
and
Kevin
Magnussen’s
Haas,
both equally
powered
by
their
engines,
suffered
retirements.

Crimson
Bull,
by
contrast,
cruised
house
to
a
fifth
successive
gain
and
a
second
one particular-two
in
three
races.
Russell
took
his
third
podium
forward
of
team-mate
Lewis
Hamilton,
with
Pierre
Gasly
of
AlphaTauri
rounding
off
the
leading
five.

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