Sergio Perez Wins Thrilling Sakhir GP, George Russell Unlucky To Miss Out On Victory

Sergio Perez was down in P18 at the end of lap one, but had a fantastic recovery drive.

Sergio Perez has won the Sakhir Grand Prix, recording his first ever victory in Formula One.

The Mexican tangled with Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari on the opening lap and dropped down to P18, before climbing up the field and taking advantage of a series of Mercedes mistakes.

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Esteban Ocon scored his first ever podium, ahead of Lance Stroll who finished in P3.

Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo, Alex Albon and Daniil Kvyat finished P4, P5, P6 and P7 respectively.

George Russell overtook Valtteri Bottas off the line and looked to be in control of the race, but he had to make an extra pitstop after Mercedes mixed up his tyre sets.

He then recovered up to P2 and was catching Sergio Perez, but then had to pit again for a new set of tyres after a sensor detected a slow puncture.

Mercedes also mixed up Bottas’ tyres when they double-stacked both cars, and he suffered in the last 20 or so laps of the race as he was on a used set of hard-compound tyres.

The Finn finished the race in eighth position, while Russell crossed the finish line in P9 to score his first points in Formula One.

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McLaren driver Lando Norris took home the last point on offer after finishing in tenth.

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