Sergio Perez’s upheld his profitable track record in Baku, the Racing Point charger bringing home a sixth-place finish to his team after a “demanding” but spirited Sunday drive.
Perez was prompt to blast off the grid when the lights went out, edging Max Verstappen for fourth into Turn 1.
The Mexican struggled however to keep the Red Bull driver behind, eventually yielding to the Dutchman’s pressure.
After a switch from softs to medium tyres, Perez fell into the clutches of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz but opposed a fierce resistance to the McLaren duo all the way to the checkered flag.
“It’s been a fantastic day,” said Perez.
“It was looking great at the start when I overtook Verstappen, but then very early on we saw where our pace was and it was more about beating those McLarens that were very strong today.
“It was a very demanding race from my side because I spent basically the whole race on the limit fighting those temperatures.
“I struggled quite a lot on the first stint but luckily we got good points for the team and it’s been a fantastic day for us.”
Perez’s top-six finish was nicely complemented with …