Sergio Perez once again asserted himself as the Street King in Formula 1 on Sunday afternoon as he overcame a poor start to win his second grand prix at the Baku Street Circuit. The Mexican driver became the first driver in Baku’s 9-year stint on the Formula 1 calendar to win multiple times as he put himself within 6 points in the drivers championship behind leader and teammate Max Verstappen.
Ferrari’s Charles LeClerc finally solidified his first finish on the year with a 3rd place podium after starting on pole for both the sprint race and the main feature while teammate Carlos Sainz brough home a 5th place finish. Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll continued Aston Martin’s strong 2023 campaign with a 4th and 7th place finish ahead of both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in 6th and 8th. Lando Norris brought home points for McLaren in 9th place while Alpha Tauri’s Yuki Tsunoda rounded out the top 10 after a devastating finish to the Saturday Sprint.
In a weekend that wasn’t without controversy, the FIA is now investigating an end of race incident that could have been quite tragic with Esteban Ocon and the Baku pit lane. Having run the entirety of the race on a set of hard tires, Ocon was forced to pit on the final lap for his mandatory second compound when he pulled into the pits to see a crowd of scrutineers and media along the pit entrance. Ocon’s quick reaction avoided a tragedy, prompting many to criticize the FIA’s lack of direction on the matter as this is not the first time this situation has happened recently.
The Formula 1 circus heads to the United States for the Miami Grand Prix this weekend, look for defending race winner Max Verstappen to assert his dominance over teammate Perez while Mercedes continues to hunt for pace against the Red Bull’s and Aston Martin’s.