Sergio Pérez wins Sakhir F1 GP after pit error robs George Russell

The exultation and heartbreak could not surely have been as stark or delivered in more riveting fashion than the high drama on show at the Sakhir Grand Prix. For Racing Point’s Sergio Pérez, there were tears of joy as he took his first win in Formula One, while George Russell put in the drive of his F1 career only for victory to be snatched from his grasp through no fault of his own. The flag belonged to Pérez – who has no drive for 2021 – and he was a hugely popular winner, the first Mexican to win an F1 race since Pedro Rodríguez did so in Belgium in 1970. While leading the team pitted him under the safety car on lap 63 but put on mixed tyres, with one belonging to Bottas. Russell was forced to come in again a lap later to take his full set and emerged in fifth behind Bottas, while Pérez had the lead.

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