Racing Point F1 driver Sergio Perez, who does not yet have a ride for 2021, gave teams considering him plenty to think about after he scored his first career win at the F1 Shakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain on Sunday.
Perez is fourth in the F1 Drivers’ Championship. Perez’s triumph win came in his 190th career start.
Renault’s Esteban Ocon finished second to secure his first career podium finish. Perez’s teammate Lance Stroll completed the podium in third.
George Russell, who was driver for Lewis Hamilton (out with COVID-19), led the most laps but found his race derailed first by wrong tires put on the car and ultimately by a puncture. Russell finished eighth.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, expected to be in the hunt with Hamilton sidelined, both failed to make it though the first lap as contact knocked out both drivers.
Here’s how it looked in Bahrain:
Sergio Perez sees a sign of success in Bahrain.
Sergio Perez crosses the finish line with a happy team there to greet him.
Sergio Perez was a the back of the field after the first lap before storming all the way to the front by race’s end.
Sergio Perez found the way to the No. 1 spot for the first time in his career.
Sergio Perez scores one for his home country on Sunday.
Driver Lance Stroll embraces his father, team owner Lawrence Stroll, on Sunday.
Sergio Perez, left, greets teammate Lance Stroll on the way to the podium on Sunday in Bahrain.
Sergio Perez was the last to leave the podium after celebrating his first career win.
Racing Point celebrates a 1-3 finish in Bahrain.
George Russell, front left, takes the lead at the start of the Sakhir GP.
Valtteri Bottas was running second most of the day and appeared to in line for a podium finish before his team mistakenly put on old tires on cur during his last pit stop.
George Russell was hurt by a rare mistake by Mercedes in the pits.
Esteban Ocon ran a steady race to finish a career-best second.
Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll finished 2-3 on Sunday. It was Ocon’s first career podium and the third for Stroll.
Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of F1 and IndyCar great Emerson Fittipaldi, finished on the lead lap and in 17th place for Haas. He was racing in place of injured Romain Grosjean.
Jack Aitken finished 16th in his F1 debut for Williams. He was driving in place of George Russell, who was promoted to Merecedes for the F1 Sakhir Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez, 30, is excited about his next ride in Formula 1, even if he as to wait until 2022.
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