- Safety car period hands Sergio Perez his second win of 2023
- Max Verstappen finishes second after losing lead due to pit stop timing
- Bizarre final lap pit stop for Esteban Ocon amidst crowd on pit road
Chill out and enjoy this cool recap of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where the one and only Sergio Perez snagged his second win of 2023! This Sunday, Perez cruised his way to the top, thanks to a well-timed safety car period caused by Nyck De Vries’ stalled ride.
Max Verstappen, who was leading the race at the time, got called into the pits just before the safety car, which meant Perez took over the lead. Perez then had the advantage of pitting under the safety car, losing way less time than his teammate. Verstappen climbed back to second place, with Charles Leclerc trailing behind in third.
In an impressive streak, Perez has now conquered both F1 street course races this season, having already won in Saudi Arabia earlier this year. While Verstappen might be the favorite going into next week's Miami Grand Prix, Perez is definitely the one to watch.
Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso finished fourth, narrowly missing out on his fourth consecutive third-place finish to start the season. Carlos Sainz secured fifth place, fending off Lewis Hamilton for the last 15 laps. George Russell nabbed the fastest lap of the race on the final lap after pitting to steal the bonus point.
To wrap it up, the race was pretty straightforward, except for a bizarre final lap incident involving Esteban Ocon. Amidst a swarm of people and photographers on pit road, Ocon's last-minute pit stop turned heads and added a little extra excitement to the event.
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