Red Bull’s Sergio Perez claims Sprint win at Azerbaijan Grand Prix after passing pole sitter Charles Leclerc who edges out Max Verstappen for second… but Lewis Hamilton can only struggle to seventh in Baku

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez won the sprint race in Azerbaijan, breezing past the Ferrari of pole man Charles Leclerc on lap eight of the 17-lap blast. Leclerc held on for second place with defending world champion Max Verstappen third. Mercedes’ George Russell finished fourth despite having made a brilliant start from the same position, close dancing through the opening corner with Verstappen, a fierce critic of sprint races. ‘I don’t see how he can drive into my car and keep his position,’ screamed the Red Bull star. They half-succeeded and sent their man back out but the newly attached tyre was at a jaunty angle and the car drifted around for one forlorn lap as if skating sideways.

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