The Baku City Circuit is renowned for its many dramas – and today it also produced some pretty astonishing numbers, helped in large part by race winners Max Verstappen and Red Bull. There were plenty of fascinating characters up and down the grid, however…
• Verstappen became the sixth different winner in six F1 races at Baku.
• Today’s win means Red Bull have won five races in a row for only the third time in their history (Sebastian Vettel won nine in a row for them in 2013; Verstappen and Sergio Perez won five in a row between them in 2021).
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• Verstappen had never finished on the podium in Baku.
• This is Verstappen’s 66th podium for Red Bull, breaking Vettel’s team record.
• Verstappen’s 25th career victory brings him closer to Jim Clark and Niki Lauda for ninth place on the all-time list.
• Red Bull’s 81st F1 win ties them with Lotus for fifth place on the all-time list.
• Baku was one of only two tracks on the 2022 calendar where Verstappen did not finish on the career podium – the other is Monza.
• Verstappen picked up his 100th point as a Red Bull driver today (excluding F1 Sprints).
• With Perez in P2, Red Bull have won the 20th double in their history and their third double in the last five races, having won just one in the previous eight seasons (Malaysia 2016).
• With his fourth podium in Baku, Perez is now the most successful driver in the history of this circuit.
• Perez finished in every podium place in Baku (first in 2021, third in 2016/2018, second in 2022)
• With P3, Mercedes’ George Russell maintained his record as the only driver to score in every race this season. He has also finished in the top five in every race and is the only driver to complete every lap of the race in 2022.
• For Russell, it was his third podium of the year (he was also third in Australia and Spain).
• His team-mate Lewis Hamilton finished 4th – his first top four finish since Australia five races ago. He is now 37 points behind Russell in the championship.
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• With P5, Pierre Gasly scored his first points since Australia, five races ago), and AlphaTauri’s best result of 2022. The team now has back-to-back top-five finishes in Baku.
• Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel was P6 – he finished in the top six in every Baku F1 race ever held.
• With Vettel’s P6, the Silverstone-based team maintains its record of having a car in the top six at every Baku F1 race, whether as Force India, Racing Point or Aston Martin.
• Alpine’s Fernando Alonso was P7 – he finished in the same position for a second consecutive race on the day he set a new longevity record in F1, 7,771 days since his debut.
• With 8th place, Daniel Ricciardo of McLaren obtained only his second point in a Grand Prix this year (he finished 6th in the Australian Grand Prix, as well as sixth in the Imola F1 Sprint).
• His team-mate Lando Norris in P9 recorded his 50th career point (excluding F1 Sprints).
• Alpine’s 10th-place finish for Esteban Ocon was his first Baku finish since 2017.
• In 11th place, Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas missed the points for only the second time this season (he didn’t finish in Saudi Arabia).
• Today was Ferrari’s first double retirement since Monza 2020.
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• Charles Leclerc has given up the lead in two of the last three races.
• Ferrari are now 80 points behind Red Bull in the constructors’ championship, having led them to the start of the Spanish Grand Prix.