Formula One

Sergio Perez claims maiden win as Mercedes falter in Sakhir

Sergio Perez has won the Sakhir Grand Prix to take his maiden Formula One win, while Mercedes suffered a chaotic race finishing eighth and ninth.

Departing Racing Point driver Perez, claimed the lead on Lap 63 and never looked back after some calamitous pit stops from Mercedes, with George Russell having to pit twice under the second safety car due to being fitted with Bottas’ tyres at the first stop.

Stand in Russell, who took over from the COVID-stricken Lewis Hamilton suffered a late puncture chasing down the Mexican, but battled back to claim ninth, just behind his team-mate Bottas who finished eighth.

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc both retired on lap one, the Ferrari driver also colliding with Perez at turn four which left the Mexican in 18th place by the end of the first lap. However, he drove brilliantly to claim Racing Point’s first-ever win since they were formally called Force India, with the Silverstone based outfit’s last victory coming in 2003.

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