Perez led Verstappen residence after a tepid Azerbaijan Grand Prix, however his afternoon practically got here undone when on lap 34 he clipped the surface wall on the entry to Flip 15.
The Mexican got here away unscathed however afterwards admitted his error led to a tough thump on the right-front nook of his Crimson Bull RB19.
“Actually laborious,” he mentioned in regards to the hit. “I had a little bit of luck, particularly with the entrance proper that it did not blow up.”
Ranging from third, Perez shortly dispatched Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after which took the lead when Verstappen pitted on lap 10, simply earlier than the protection automotive got here out for Nyck de Vries’ stricken AlphaTauri.
Perez benefitted from the neutralisation to finish his solely pitstop and stay within the lead.
And after controlling the restart the Mexican put in a composed drive on the Baku Metropolis Circuit, by no means coming beneath sustained stress from Verstappen.
“It actually labored out at the moment for us. We managed to remain within the DRS practice and we managed to maintain the stress on Max,” Perez mentioned.
“I believe we had a greater deg on that first stint, it was wanting good already from that facet.
“Then the protection automotive got here and bunched everybody up. So, it was once more one other race on the laborious tyres.
Sergio Perez, Crimson Bull Racing, 1st place, celebrates on arrival in Parc Ferme
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“I believe it was very shut between us. We pushed to the utmost at the moment, we each clipped the wall a couple of occasions we had been pushing on the market.
“The best way Max pushed me all through the race was actually laborious however we managed to maintain him beneath management.”
Perez grew to become the primary repeat winner in Azerbaijan and after additionally profitable Saturday’s dash he has closed the hole to Verstappen to 6 factors, placing him extra firmly within the hunt after 4 of 23 races.
After falling to 3rd Verstappen shortly handed Leclerc on the restart however then began combating the steadiness of his automotive and by no means received shut sufficient to threaten his team-mate.
“After all, the protection automotive was a bit unfortunate after which I needed to push once more, I attempted to remain very near try to get into the DRS,” he defined.
“The tyres had been overheating a bit due to that, attempting to comply with.
“But in addition the steadiness, I used to be struggling to be actually constant, so I used to be taking part in round with the instruments just a little bit.
“And I believe as soon as I received that sorted, I’d say the final 10 laps had been truly fairly good once more, however just a bit bit too late.”