Azerbaijan GP: Max Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two as Ferrari suffers in Baku

Max Verstappen took full advantage of an engine failure by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to win Sunday’s Formula 1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan and open a decisive lead in the world championship. The Dutchman crossed the line 20.8 seconds ahead of Sergio Perez who, ordered not to face Verstappen, completed a one-two for Red Bull after race leader Leclerc entered the the pits with a smoking engine on lap 20.

George Russell took third place for Mercedes and teammate Lewis Hamilton, voted ‘driver of the day’, battled back pain to finish fourth.

Pole sitter Leclerc’s retirement was his second in three races and part of a double DNF (did not finish) for Ferrari, with team-mate Carlos Sainz having already stopped with a hydraulic failure.

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He dropped Leclerc to third place overall, 34 points behind Verstappen. Perez, winner in Baku last year after Verstappen fell from the lead, is second, 21 points behind his team-mate after also scoring the fastest lap point.

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