Checo Pérez Stuns with Grand Prix Win in Baku

Mexican Formula 1 racer Sergio “Checo” Pérez, in his Red Bull car. Photo: Google


After awing fans with a surprise sprint race victory in Baku, Azerbaijan, one day earlier, Mexican race car driver Sergio “Checo” Pérez capped off a perfect weekend on Sunday, April 30, walking away with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix (GP) prize.

Peréz continued Red Bull’s dominance on the Baku Formula 1 circuit Sunday by holding off teammate Max Verstappen for the win, while Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, who started out on pole position, managed to stave off Fernando Alonso for his first podium spot of the season.

In lap 3, both Verstappen and then Pérez managed to overtake Leclerc, leaving the Ferrari driver in third and catapulting the pair of Red Bull drivers to the front.

Pérez caught the break he needed around 10 laps into the race, when Verstappen’s car began to lose its grip on the track, forcing him to make a pit stop to change tires.

Pérez became the first driver in F1 history to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for a second time, having scored his first win in Baku in 2021.

On Saturday, April 29, Pérez crossed the checkered flag first in the sprint, adding 33 points to his personal tally of 87.

Notwithstanding, Verstappen remains the current leader of the Drivers’ Championship with 93 points, 6 ahead of Pérez.

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