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Monday 7th June 2021

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Perez wins after Verstappen high speed crash

Max Verstappen lost victory to a late puncture in a dramatic finish to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that also saw Lewis Hamilton throw away a chance to reclaim the championship lead.

Red Bull's Sergio Perez won the race from Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel and Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly in a two-lap sprint to the finish when the race was stopped after Verstappen crashed out with five laps to go.

Hamilton was second on the grid at the restart and was ahead of Perez into Turn One but locked up his tyres and ran into the escape road, dropping to 15th at the flag.

His uncharacteristic error meant Verstappen retained the championship lead by four points from the Mercedes driver.


 

Monaco Grand Prix: Verstappen takes title lead from Hamilton with win

Red Bull's Max Verstappen took a dominant victory in the Monaco Grand Prix to wrest the championship lead from Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

The Dutchman controlled the race after pole-sitter Charles Leclerc's Ferrari broke down before the start.

Hamilton finished in seventh place, frustrated and angry after Mercedes's pre-race plans fell apart.

He lost places to two drivers over the pit-stop period as Mercedes reversed their intended strategy.

Adding to a bad day for the world champions, Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas retired when mechanics were unable to remove his right-front wheel at his pit stop when the wheel gun stripped the nut.

Bottas was running second to Verstappen but had been losing ground before his stop and his hopes of victory had evaporated and turned into concerns as to whether he could protect second place from Ferrari's Carlos Sainz.

The Spaniard finished in a comfortable runners-up spot, with McLaren's Lando Norris taking the final podium place, fending off late pressure from Red Bull's Sergio Perez, who drove a strong race to recover from qualifying ninth.

Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel - who, along with Perez, passed Hamilton during the pit-stop period - was fifth, ahead of Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly and the Briton, who made a late pit stop to secure the point for fastest lap.

Verstappen's second victory in five races, coupled with a bad day for Mercedes, moved the Red Bull driver into a four-point championship lead, while Red Bull have taken first place in the constructors' championship from Mercedes by one point.

It is the first time in his F1 career that Verstappen has led the world championship.


 

Japanese Grand Prix to remain at Suzuka until 2024

Formula 1 has announced the Japanese Grand Prix will remain at Suzuka until the end of the 2024 season.

The figure-of-eight track first staged an F1 race in 1987 and has decided the drivers' championship on 11 occasions.

F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali said the three-year extension shows a "long-term commitment to growing the sport in Asia".

This year's race is due to be held on 10 October after the 2020 grand prix was cancelled because of Covid-19.

However, it is one of a number of non-European venues over which there are doubts for 2021, either as a result of immigration restrictions or because of the pandemic.


 

Red Bull to take over Honda's engines from 2022

Red Bull's Formula 1 teams will continue to use Honda's engines after the Japanese company quits the sport at the end of this season.

Red Bull has concluded a deal to buy Honda's F1 engine technology and will run the engines until 2024.

The drinks giant has set up a new company to maintain the engines at its technology base in Milton Keynes.

The move has been made possible by a decision by F1 bosses to freeze engine development from 2022-24.

The move is aimed at giving Red Bull flexibility and independence before the introduction of a new engine formula into F1 in 2025.


 

Hamilton wins seventh Formula 1 title

Lewis Hamilton clinched a seventh World Championship and became the most successful racing driver ever with a masterful victory in the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Mercedes driver equalled Michael Schumacher's achievement in terms of titles, after already surpassing the German's number of race wins last month.

Victory at a treacherously wet and slippery Istanbul Park track in a topsy-turvy race was the 94th of the 35-year-old Briton's career.