BAKU: Red Bull's Max Verstappen extended his championship lead by racing to victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix here on Sunday. Verstappen's teammate Sergio Perez took second to complete a commanding one-two finish for Red Bull after both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz failed to make it to the chequered flag with mechanical gremlins for Ferrari, giving Mercedes' George Russell position 3 in Baku. Russell's teammate and Driver of the Day Lewis Hamilton started seventh and finished fourth having pitted during the VSC on Lap 10 and the following one on Lap 34, passing Pierre Gasly 10 laps later with the benefit of newer tyres. The Alpha Tauri driver finished fifth having started sixth.
With this win, Verstappen's title advantage over Leclerc has increased from nine points to 34 following what could prove a pivotal race in this season's championship battle. IANS
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