Sergio Perez Wins Azerbaijan Grand Prix Sprint Event Ahead of F1 World Championship Race in Baku

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez clinched the win in Saturday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix sprint event, setting the tone for Sunday’s fourth round of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship in Baku.

The sprint race marked the first of its kind this season, with a new qualifying format that saw Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc lead from pole ahead of Perez.

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Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and George Russell (Mercedes) collided over third place, resulting in a safety car interruption before Verstappen retook third from Russell.

Perez, utilizing DRS on lap 8, overtook Leclerc and widened the gap to take the victory. Leclerc held onto second place despite Verstappen’s damaged car, whose floor and sidepod were affected by his clash with Russell.

Baku’s circuit is known for its tight corners and high speeds, providing a challenge for drivers and teams alike.

2023 F1 Azerbaijan sprint results

Pos  Nº   Driver   Car / Engine   Laps   Gap 
11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda RBPT 17
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 17 -4.463
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda RBPT 17 -5.065
63 George Russell Mercedes 17 -8.532
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 17 -10.388
14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 17 -11.613
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 17 -16.503
18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 17 -18.417
23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 17 -21.757
10  81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 17 -22.851
11  20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 17 -27.990
12  24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 17 -34.602
13  10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 17 -36.918
14  21 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 17 -41.626
15  27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 17 -48.587
16  77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 17 -49.917
17  4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 17 -51.104
18  31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 17 -1’00.621
–  22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 2
–  2 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 0