Leclerc eyes first-ever Azerbaijan GP title


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2022 FIA Formula One World Championship 

Eight Round

2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
Baku, Azerbaijan 
Sunday, 12 June 2022
 
Charles Leclerc will be eager to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for the first time in his career when he takes part in this weekend's race.
 
The Ferrari driver narrowly missed out on the podium at last year's Azerbaijan Grand Prix as he finished fourth having accumulated 12 points. 
 
Leclerc also missed out on a podium finish in the most recent in the current season which was the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix - finishing fourth on May 29.

Max Verstappen
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The Monegasque led away from teammate Carlos Sainz Jr in the early phase of the Monaco Grand Prix, before pitting to go from wet to intermediate tyres on Lap 18 and ended up finishing fourth.  
 
The race was won by Red Bull Racing-RBPT's Sergio Perez, while Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen of Red Bull finished second and third respectively.
 
Verstappen is placed at the top of the 2022 Drivers' Championship standings and his teammate Perez is placed third as Red Bull continues to enjoy a successful season. 
 
Leclerc is placed second on the standings and he will leapfrog Verstappen if wins this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix. 

Carlos Sainz
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“It was a freaking disaster today,” said Leclerc, who had pulled a 5s lead over Sainz in the early stages of the Monaco Grand Prix race. 
 
“The win was clearly in our hands: we had the performance, we had everything. I just don’t really understand the call that I had and I need explanations for now. 
 
“I couldn’t do much, I was called just before the last corner, so I couldn’t react or ask for any information, but that was clearly the wrong choice… We need to get better.”
 
Red Bull Racing-RBPT are placed at the top of the Constructors' Championship standings and they are followed by Ferrari and Mercedes respectively. 
 

2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix results

 
Winner: Sergio Perez - Red Bull Racing-Honda 
Second-Place: Sebastian Vettel - Aston Martin-Mercedes 
Third-Place: Pierre Gasley - AlphaTauri-Honda
 

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Published: 06/09/2022