Red Bull soared to the top this Sunday at the Grand Prix of Baku, Azerbaijan. Max Verstappen, the reigning champion and leader in the 2022 championship, easily beat Sergio Perez, Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes-of George Russel. This was the Dutchman's fifth win of the season. It was his 25th career victory and his sixth for the manufacturer. Perez led the race from the first corner and was followed by Verstappen in lap 15.
Red Bull took advantage the double retirements of Ferrari drivers to place its two drivers at the top of the podium. Carlos Sainz was unable to keep up with the pace of this afternoon's race and had to retire because of a brake problem. Charles Leclerc (who started on pole, had regained lead after the Red Bull pit stop), had to retire from the race because of an engine problem.
This is the third consecutive time that the Monegasque has been responsible for the Scuderia's failures, after Monaco and Barcelona. Lecler bitterly responds to Canal 'It hurts". He adds, "It's been 3 hard knocks, but the motivation remains the same." Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo), and Kevin Magnussen, (Haas), also experienced engine failures...Ferrari engines.
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), who started 6th on the grid, managed a great operation and finished 5th in the race. Hamilton was still 4th seven laps later. He exclaimed, "It's great, I'm very happy, it was a great weekend for the team." Esteban Ocon, driving his Alpine, also scored points and placed tenth.