Lewis Hamilton throws away Azerbaijan win as Max Verstappen crashes out – ‘I’m so sorry’
Lewis Hamilton has thrown away the chance to take back the lead of the championship standings after making an uncharacteristic mistake on a red-flagged restart after title rival Max Max Verstappen hit the wall.
“I’m so sorry guys,” said Hamilton after a sensational red flag restart saw him side by side with Sergio Perez for the win in a two-lap sprint race, with the Briton finishing 15th.
In another twist to the driver standings, Verstappen will hold the lead of the championship standings by four points, despite not even finishing the race.
After the race Hamilton was seen sitting in his car, devastated, with Sergio Perez picking up his first win for Red Bull, and his second Formula One win of his career.
Sebastian Vettel shocked fans with a shock podium for Aston Martin, with Pierre Gasly finishing third.
Verstappen crashed out at 200mph on the start-finish straight, with his car sliding to a halt after a big collision.
The Dutchman was fine and climbed out of his car but kicked his Red Bull with frustration as the the red flags came out to allow the stricken RB16B to be removed from the track with just a handful of laps remaining.
The 23-year-old has never won in Baku, and was looking for back-to-back race wins thanks to victory in Monaco. He was on course to take a maiden win after controlling much of the race.
The driver was looking to extend his lead to 14 points over title rival Hamilton, after a relatively quiet race before the crash, with Hamilton running third at the time of the crash.
However on the red flag standing start, Hamilton went straight into the run-off at turn 1, tumbling down the order in P15, handing the win to Perez.
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