Will keep pushing until the end: Verstappen after crash in Azerbaijan GP

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Red Bull Racin's Max Verstappen (Photo/ Max Verstappen Twitter)
Red Bull Racin's Max Verstappen (Photo/ Max Verstappen Twitter)

Baku [Azerbaijan], June 6 (ANI): After witnessing a heartbreaking crash in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen on Sunday said that he will keep pushing until the end to come up with better results.

Verstappen also congratulated teammate Sergio Perez for winning the Azerbaijan GP.

"on my own race... But happy for the team and a huge congrats to @SChecoPerez on the win. The car, pit stops and strategy were amazing again, thanks to @redbullracing. Not much more to say at this time other than we'll keep pushing until the end #AzerbaijanGP," tweeted Verstappen.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton also suffered a crash in the race. In a tweet, he said: "Today was a humbling experience. We worked so hard to put ourselves back in the top 10 today after a rocky week here in Baku. We gave it our all today and a small error caused the brakes to switch off. Sorry to the team, we'll come back stronger for the next race."

Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen looked set to take his first first-ever Azerbaijan Grand Prix victory on Sunday before he crashed out from the lead with just five laps to go, giving his teammate Sergio Perez a second career victory.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton locked up on the penultimate lap to finish 16th in a hugely dramatic race in Baku.

"For the first time this season, Charles Leclerc led away from the pole, but he was passed for the lead by Lewis Hamilton with no need for DRS, so strong was the tow, on Lap 2. Verstappen then swept by the Ferrari man on Lap 7," stated an official Formula 1 release.

Verstappen took the lead after a crucial sequence of pit stops, Hamilton starting that sequence on Lap 12 with a slow switch for hards thanks to traffic in the pit lane.

Verstappen pitted a lap later and emerged first, followed by Perez who split the championship rivals. And the Dutchman seemed to have victory in the bag, mastering a Lap 35 Safety Car restart after Lance Stroll's terrifying accident, when the Aston Martin driver's left-rear tyre appeared to give way on the pit straight.

That was until Verstappen himself, comfortably in the lead on Lap 47, spun and crashed after an apparent tyre issue of his own. Unhurt, but shaken, his crash triggered the Safety Car, which turned into a red flag that suspended the race on Lap 48.

The race resumed with a standing start 35 minutes later on Lap 50, giving us two laps of flat-out action, the field all having switched tyres during the stoppage.

Perez would lead Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Pierre Gasly and Leclerc off the line for the re-start. Hamilton got away well, his nose seemingly ahead of Perez's, but the Briton locked up heavily and went into the Turn 1 run-off. He finished 16th, leaving Perez in the lead, Vettel second and Gasly - having held off a charging Leclerc in the final laps - to take the final podium place.

Vettel started 11th but finished a brilliant second as he pitted 18 laps later than anyone else, and emerged sixth. On the re-start after Stroll's crash, he took P4 off Leclerc and Gasly, and was promoted to the podium by Verstappen's retirement. (ANI)