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Red Bull’s Sergio Perez claims Sprint win at Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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.

The pair touched at the second bend and Verstappen nudged the wall moments later with little room left on his right. He was incandescent issuing a number of radio complaints as the Englishman passed him to go third.

‘I don’t see how he can drive into my car and keep his position,’ screamed the Red Bull star. ‘It’s ridiculous.’

Verstappen called for the incident to be investigated. It wasn’t. But he was presented with the chance to retake third place, and he did so after some other early drama courtesy of Yuki Tsunoda pranging his AlphaTauri into the wall at the end of the opening lap.

The Japanese driver’s wheel became detached and started rolling down the middle of the road.

Surely a red flag would be waved, but, no: instead first yellows and then a virtual safety car and finally a safety car. Laps were being wasted.

AlphaTauri mechanics optimistically tried to patch the stricken car back together. 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.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online news platform - Politics, Sport & Entertainment. Prevail Inegbenose hails from Irrua, Esan Central LGA of Edo State. He studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. Prevail Inegbenose is a veteran journalist with 15 years of active and practical journalism. He has authored so many write-ups, a lot of which had been published in the newspapers, magazines and social media. Hence Prevail Inegbenose is a Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Author, Communication Expert and Consultant, Social Media Influencer, Project Management Expert, Peace Ambassador and Advocate of Good Governance and Better Society. He's a Pastor, in fact the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja Nigeria.

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