Azerbaijan GP: Verstappen equals Lauda and Clark's number of wins

The Dutchman of Red Bull mainly benefits from the abandonment of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) to escape the championship. “We had an incredible pace today, we had to be careful with the tyres”, commented Verstappen after the race. “I managed to take the lead and we were a little lucky with Ferrari’s retirements, but we had the pace”.

Starting in the second row behind Pérez and Leclerc, Verstappen patiently built up his victory, overtaking his team-mate who had damaged his tires too much at the start of the race, then watching from a distance the engine breakage of Leclerc, then in the lead, in the 20th of the 51 laps of the Baku street circuit.

“The key was tire management, that’s what’s needed here. Every weekend is different, you have to be precise, it’s all about small details in the race,” added Verstappen.

Verstappen now has a 21-point lead over his teammate Sergio Perez and 34 over Leclerc and will be able to fly to Montreal with peace of mind for the next Grand Prix, in a week in Canada.

With 25 Grand Prix victories, the Dutchman overtook five-time Argentine world champion Juan Manuel Fangio (1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957) and joined Austrian Niki Lauda as the ninth most successful driver in history. (world champion 1975, 1977 and 1984) and Briton Jim Clark (world champion 1963 and 1965). In front of him is now another Briton, Jackie Stewart (world champion 1969, 1971 and 1973), with 27 successes. Lewis Hamilton holds the record with 103 wins.

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