Sergio Perez’s victory in Sunday’s Grand Prix in Azerbaijan on the Baku City Circuit made him the first Formula 1 driver to achieve this hybrid era.
Sunday’s chaotic Grand Prix in Azerbaijan on the Baku City Circuit saw Sergio Perez secure his second career Formula 1 victory and his first with Red Bull in what was his sixth start for the team, six months the day after securing his first victory running for Racing Point in last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit.
His victory in this 51-lap ran around the 20-lap, 6,003-kilometer (6,003-kilometer) temporary street circuit at Azadliq Square, Baku, Azerbaijan, came after teammate and race leader Max Verstappen had a tire blowout with just over five laps left, which gives Perez the lead.
At the subsequent restart with two laps left, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton briefly took the lead away from Perez, but he unlocked the brakes and sailed into the turn one runoff area.
Perez hung on to win ahead of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in second place and AlphaTauris’ Pierre Gasly in third place.
As a result, the 31-year-old Mexican – the same driver who set the record for most starts before securing his first victory at the end of the year – is the first driver to win at least one race with two different teams since the V6 turbo hybrid era back in 2014.
Perez is one of 10 riders to win at least one race since this era began seven seasons ago. In fact, he is still the latest driver to participate in this list thanks to his victory in last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix. In the 2014 season, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton won for Mercedes and Daniel Ricciardo won for Red Bull. In the 2015 season, Rosberg and Hamilton both won again for the Silver Arrows, and Vettel won for Ferrari.
In the 2016 season, both Rosberg and Hamilton won again for Mercedes, and that saw Ricciardo win again for Red Bull. Max Verstappen also won for Red Bull. In the 2017 season, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas won for Mercedes, Ricciardo and Verstappen won for Red Bull, and Vettel won for Ferrari.
In the 2018 season, Hamilton won for Mercedes, Ricciardo and Verstappen won for Red Bull, and both Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen won for Ferrari. In the 2019 season, Hamilton and Bottas both won for Mercedes, Verstappen won for Red Bull, and both Vettel and Charles Leclerc won for Ferrari.
So last year, Hamilton and Bottas both won for Mercedes again, and Verstappen won again for Red Bull. Gasly won for AlphaTauri and Perez won for Racing Point. So far this season, Hamilton has won for Mercedes, and both Verstappen and Perez have won for Red Bull.
The seventh race of the 2021 Formula 1 plan is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 20th. This race, the French Grand Prix, will be broadcast live from Circuit Paul Ricard on ESPN, starting at Hamilton won this race in 2018 and 2019 before being recorded from the 2020 calendar as a result of COVID-19 related restrictions.