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Unhappy Perez says Verstappen showed “who he really is”

Unhappy Perez says Verstappen showed “who he really is”

ALAN BALDWIN RED Bull's Sergio Perez said teammate Max Verstappen showed "who he really is" after the double Formula One world champion refused to give back a place in Sunday's Sao Paulo Grand Prix. The radio comment came after the Mexican let Verstappen overtake on the understanding that the position would be returned if the Dutch driver could not pass Alpine's Fernando Alonso for fifth place. Perez needs every point to beat Ferrari's Charles Leclerc to overall runner-up while Verstappen has already clinched the title. Red Bull has never finished one-two in the drivers' standings. Perez and Leclerc are now…
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Ocon claws to maiden win

Ocon claws to maiden win

BOITUMELO RANTAO  FRENCH driver Esteban Ocon survived a wet, frantic start to the Hungarian Grand Prix to shockingly win his first Formula One race. The Alpine Racing driver, who signed a contract extension with Alpine for the foreseeable future, held off former World Champion Sebastian Vettel to take the chequered flag for the first time.  Lewis Hamilton led the GP after a great start from the front of the grid.  Hamilton’s teammate Valterri Bottas was not as fortunate - swamped by cars left and right - the Finn lost grip towards the first corner - colliding with the rear of…
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Verstappen gets 1st pole of 2021

Verstappen gets 1st pole of 2021

BOITUMELO RANTAO RED Bull’s Max Verstappen has claimed the season’s first pole, after a stunning driving display which also served as warning to defending champions in the Mercedes camp. Verstappen qualified in first place in Bahrain, ahead of 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valteri Bottas.  Verstappen was pleased with his performance but looks forward to lights out.  “We had a great testing week but there are no guarantees it translates to race weekends. The car has been working really well and of course I'm happy with the pole. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. We need to get a…
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Verstappen claims first win of the season

Verstappen claims first win of the season

BOITUMELO RANTAO RED Bull’s brave strategy paid off as Max Verstappen stormed past the chequered flag in first place after a fantastic drive from fourth in the British Grand Prix, a race that celebrated Formula One’s 70 years. Both Mercedes’ experienced tyre issues and found themselves responding to the quicker  Red Bull, finishing in second and third. A late pit stop from last week’s race winner Lewis Hamilton saw him pass teammate Valtteri Bottas, who started on pole, with five laps to go. Ferrari experienced a mixed outing at Silverstone.  Charles Leclerc endured a tough race to come home a…
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Record-breaking win and 156th podium finish Hamilton

Record-breaking win and 156th podium finish Hamilton

BOITUMELO RANTAO REIGNING world champion Lewis Hamilton led the Spanish GP in Catalunya from pole to the chequered flag, to finish finishing ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.  The win was the 88th of his career leaving him three race wins shy of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record. He has, however, broke Schumacher’s record of 155 podiums and is number one on the all-time list Hamilton managed the race and the tyres well to build a lead that allowed him to finish way ahead of Verstappen.  “I'm in a daze. That was amazing out there and we got our strategy spot…
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Red Bull’s roar on the streets marks Formula One’s return to Turkey

Red Bull’s roar on the streets marks Formula One’s return to Turkey

BOITUMELO RANTAO  FORMULA One makes its long-awaited return to Istanbul after nine-years, and Red Bull marked the occasion with an exciting, and discrete, ride through the town to the famous Bosphorous Bridge. F1 drivers Pierre Gasly of Scuderia AlphaTauri and Alex Albon of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing took to the streets of the transcontinental city Istanbul, Turkey with a driving display through the town. https://twitter.com/F1/status/1326942196763942912 Blown away at the beauty of the bridge Gasly said: “Any time you have the possibility to drive a Formula 1 car at an iconic landmark is special. It was incredible to drive on…
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Sergio Perez grabs Albon’s Red Bull seat

Sergio Perez grabs Albon’s Red Bull seat

BOITUMELO RANTAO  2020 Formula One stand-out Sergio Perez has been contracted to drive for Red Bull Racing for the 2021 season. The coveted and exceptionally demanding mantle of young star Max Verstappen’s partner has been a challenge for Red Bull over the past 3 seasons with Thai driver Alex Albon the latest to fall prey. Albon remains a member of the team and takes on the role of Red Bull Racing Test and Reserve Driver.  The news comes in the wake of Perez’s stunning form in 2021 that saw him take his first career race win at the Sakhir GP.…
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Verstappen relishes final race win in Abu Dhabi

Verstappen relishes final race win in Abu Dhabi

BOITUMELO RANTAO RED Bull Racing enjoyed their first win in Abu Dhabi since 2013 with rising star Max Verstappen claiming his second 2020 win in astonishingly comfortable fashion. His first win of the season came in the early stages of the 2020 season at the 70th Anniversary GP in Silverstone. Verstappen was in unfamiliar territory, on lap 48, 12 seconds clear of second-place Valterri Bottas  “I expected a very tough fight today but I think we managed everything very well and there was never really a moment where I felt under pressure which is a pretty good feeling.” Verstappen flipped…
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Verstappen delights home Dutch crowd

Verstappen delights home Dutch crowd

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen absorbed the pressure from both Mercedes cars and won his first Grand Prix in front of the Dutch “Orange army ”. Verstappen took his seventh win of the season from pole, producing a magnificently controlled performance at the whirlwind Zandvoort circuit. A delightful display of fireworks and an orange haze greeted Verstappen as he crossed the line 20 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valterri Bottas, who finished second and third. The lead Red Bull driver now leads the Drivers' Championship standings with 224.5 points to Hamilton's 221.5 though - interestingly - Mercedes leads the constructors'…
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Sprint qualifying claims first victim

Sprint qualifying claims first victim

FORMULA One’s newly revised sprint qualifying race provided late Saturday entertainment - to the benefit of pole-sitter Max Verstappen. The fiery Red Bull shot through a cannon off the start line to lead championship rival Lewis Hamilton into turn 1. The flying Dutchman retained position after a nervous first lap and will start the British Grand Pirx from the start of the grid. Verstappen’s teammate Perez, after being passed by Norris on lap one, spun out later in the race. Perez, a disappointed figure, earned the title of biggest loser from the inaugural event with the one of fastest cars…
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