2021 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix highlights

2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Thursday – Steve Etherington


2021 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix looked set for Max Verstappen’s first first-ever victory before he crashed out from the lead with just five laps to go – giving Sergio Perez a second career victory, as Lewis Hamilton locked up on the penultimate lap to finish 15th in a hugely dramatic race in Baku.

After a 35 minute stoppage, the drivers all lined up on the grid for a two-lap dash to the flag, with Sergio Perez on ‘pole’ for the re-start. Lewis Hamilton was in second, but locked his brakes into Turn 1 and sailed past Perez into the escape road, dropping him right out of the points in a dramatic final twist to the race.

From there Perez led the pack home to take his first win for new team Red Bull, with Sebastian Vettel a superb second – having started 11th – and Pierre Gasly third.

And if that wasn’t enough, there was also drama on Lap 30 when Lance Stroll crashed heavily on the pit straight. The Aston Martin driver was thankfully unhurt – but his incident would prove to be just the opening salvo in a race packed with action.

Mario Isola – Head of F1 and car racing at Pirelli commented:

We need to clearly establish the facts behind the incidents involving Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen to fully understand what happened. What we can say for now is that there was also a cut found on Hamilton’s tyre and that it’s the rear-right tyre that actually works harder than the rear-left here. No warnings or vibrations were detected and none of the other tyres of a similar age or older showed any signs of excess wear. So we can not exclude that the damage was caused by an external factor, although these things shouldn’t happen and we can understand the need for answers.

2021 Formula 1 Azerbaijan GP Race Results

1.11Sergio PerezMexicoRed Bull Racing Honda2:13:36.4102569
2.5Sebastian VettelGermanyAston Martin F1 Team+1.385s1828
3.10Pierre GaslyFranceScuderia AlphaTauri+2.762s1531
4.16Charles LeclercMonacoScuderia Ferrari+3.828s1252
5.4Lando NorrisGreat BritainMclaren Racing+4.754s1066
6.14Fernando AlonsoSpainAlpine F1 Team+6.382s813
7.22Yuki TsunodaJapanScuderia AlphaTauri+6.624s68
8.55Carlos SainzSpainScuderia Ferrari+7.709s442
9.3Daniel RicciardoAustraliaMcLaren Racing+8.874s226
10.7Kimi RäikkönenFinlandAlfa Romeo F1 Team+9.576s11
11.99Antonio GiovinazziItalyAlfa Romeo F1 Team+10.254s01
12.77Valtteri BottasFinlandMercedes-AMG Petronas+11.264s047
13.47Mick SchumacherGermanyHaas F1 Team+14.241s00
14.9Nikita MazepinRussiaHaas F1 Team+14.315s00
15.44Lewis HamiltonGreat BritainMercedes-AMG Petronas+17.668s0101
16.6Nicholas LatifiCanadaWilliams Racing+42.379s00
17.63George RussellGreat BritainWilliams RacingDNF00
18.33Max VerstappenNetherlandsRed Bull RacingDNF0105
19.18Lance StrollCanadaAston Martin F1 TeamDNF09
20.31Esteban OconFranceAlpine F1 TeamDNF012

Here are the team-by-team highlights:

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