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Max Verstappen wins in Baku as Ferrari suffer double blow

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Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen won Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix in a Red Bull one-two as Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc retired with an engine problem.

Winner Red Bull’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen celebrates next to second placed Red Bull’s Mexican driver Sergio Perez after the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit in Baku on June 12, 2022. Picture: Natalia Kolesnikova, AFP

Baku — Max Verstappen took full advantage of an engine failure for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to win the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday and open up a commanding lead in the world championship.

The Dutchman crossed the line 20.8 seconds clear of Sergio Perez who, ordered not to battle Verstappen, completed a one-two for Red Bull after race leader Leclerc pulled into the pits with a smoking engine on the 20th lap.

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George Russell took third for Mercedes and his teammate Lewis Hamilton, voted “driver of the day”, fought through back pain to finish fourth.

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

It dropped Leclerc to third in the overall standings, 34 points behind Verstappen. Perez, winner in Baku last year after Verstappen crashed out of the lead, is second, 21 points behind his teammate after also scoring the point for fastest lap.

Reuters

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