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6 winners and 5 losers of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix: who leaves Baku happier?

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Max Verstappen offset his heartbreak over the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix by emerging victorious this time and thus becoming the sixth different winner in as many races in Baku, but it wasn’t all smiles for everyone on the field. We have selected six winners and five losers from a hot and sunny Sunday…

Winner: Max Verstappen

For much of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend, it looked as though Max Verstappen might find himself outshone by his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez for the second race in a row.

But despite seeing Pérez take the lead early on, putting a Ferrari between them, Verstappen showed superior race pace to catch up and pass the Mexican for the lead (following Charles Leclerc’s retirement).

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It was his first podium finish in Baku, the fifth win in eight races this season and the 25th win of his career, tying him with greats Jim Clark and Niki Lauda on the all-time list.


It was all celebrations for Red Bull after taking maximum points in Baku

Loser: Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc was in brilliant form in qualifying, taking his 15th career pole and fourth in a row. Although he lost the lead early on, an aggressive early pit stop during a Virtual Safety Car brought him back into contention.

He regained the lead when the Red Bulls stopped and was showing great pace on the hard tyre, but a power unit issue forced him to drop out of the lead for the second time in three races.

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The Monegasque last converted pole to victory in Australia, five races ago, and is now 34 points behind championship leader Verstappen.

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Winners: Red Bull

Red Bull’s reliability looked complicated at the start of the season, with three retirements in the first three races. But things have improved dramatically, and the reward has been three one-twos in five races.

It is also only the third time in Red Bull’s history that it has won five races in a row (Vettel won nine races in a row in 2013, while Verstappen and Perez won five in a row last year) and its 81st F1 victory, tied with Lotus for fifth place on the all-time list.

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Losers: Ferrari

Two races ago, Ferrari was pretty much at the top of the constructors’ championship. They are now 80 points behind rivals Red Bull after their first double retirement since the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.

However, you have to go back to Australia 2009 to see the last double retirement of the red team related to mechanical failure. They are now on a five-race winless streak and have just three podium finishes since Leclerc won in Australia.


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Sainz suffered his third retirement of the season in Baku

Winners: Mercedes

Mercedes’ chances of a podium finish in Baku looked slim on Saturday, as while George Russell achieved his second best grid finish of the season with fifth place, he was still 1.3sec off pole.

But after both Ferraris dropped out, Russell inherited third place to comfortably take his third podium finish of the year and maintain his record of being the only driver to finish every race in the top five.

READ MORE: ‘We were a bit quicker than expected’: Russell seizes opportunity to step onto unlikely Baku podium

His teammate Lewis Hamilton was fourth, his first top-four finish since Australia and his third three-four of the season, helping them to within 38 points of Ferrari.


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Russell kept his record of always finishing in the top 5 this season

Loser: Yuki Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda had one of the strongest, if not the strongest, weekends of his Formula 1 career in Baku as he cracked a top 10 finish during practice before securing his best start to the season with eighth. place.

The Japanese driver was running in a comfortable sixth position when he had to pit due to mechanical damage to the rear wing’s DRS system. That left him out of the points and there was no going back.

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Winner: Pierre Gasley

There is something about Baku that brings out the best in Pierre Gasly, the Frenchman who scored a magnificent podium finish at the venue last year.

He put his AlphaTauri into a season-best sixth on the grid and made it fifth for his first points since Australia, and the team’s best finish of 2022.

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Loser: Zhou Guanyu

Baku could have been Zhou Guanyu’s second scoring of the season, and deservedly so after he climbed into the points from 14th on the grid.

But a hydraulic problem forced his Alfa Romeo team to retire his car, making it the Chinese driver’s third retirement in four races. That means his season tally is at one point in eight attempts.

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Winner: Sebastian Vettel

It hasn’t been the easiest start to the season for Aston Martin, but they have started to build some momentum since making a significant improvement in Spain, with Sebastian Vettel giving them their best result of the year with sixth place in Baku.

That not only maintains the Silverstone team’s record of having a car finish in the top six in every F1 race in Baku (even when they ran under the banner of Force India and Racing Point), but also puts them on the same level. than Haas in the constructors’ championship.


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Vettel often does well in Baku and he proved that once again with P6 at the flag.

Loser: Lance Stroll

While his Aston Martin team-mate Vettel shone, Lance Stroll had a more troubled weekend. He hit the barrier in qualifying and, as he continued, hit another barrier, causing damage that forced him out.

The team later said his problems were caused by an engine set-up issue. On race day, he made some early progress from 19th, but eventually had to retire the car when the team said they detected a vibration issue.

Winner: Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo has been on a rough road lately, the Australian arriving in Baku with just one point from seven attempts so far this season.

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But the McLaren driver appeared to have turned a corner already in FP2 and continued to progress through the weekend, matching the pace of team-mate Lando Norris. He then went a step better and beat the Briton in the race, moving up to the top 10 and eventually finishing eighth.

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