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FACTS AND STATS: Perez sets an unexpected record with Baku Sprint victory as Leclerc cashes in the points

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Sean Kelly
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - APRIL 29: Sprint winner Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing

Sergio Perez won an action-packed Sprint at Baku – which has become something of a purple place for the Mexican – while Charles Leclerc's P2 delivered a relatively big points haul. Here are the facts and stats from the 100km dash to the line on Saturday.

  • Red Bull's Sergio Perez became the first driver to cross the line in P1 twice in Baku as the Mexican won the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and there has been no repeat winner of the Grand Prix here.

READ MORE: Perez beats Leclerc and Verstappen to victory in action-packed Baku Sprint race

  • Perez has only had one third-place finish in six previous Sprints, at Imola in 2022.

  • With P2, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took seven points on Saturday – more than he scored over the previous three rounds of 2023. That moves him up to P8 in the championship.

  • Max Verstappen leads the championship by 13 points over Sprint winner Perez.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - APRIL 29: Sprint winner Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing (C),

Leclerc split the Red Bulls and took more points in the Sprint than he had in the first three races of 2023

  • George Russell took P4 for Mercedes , matching his best Grand Prix result this season (P4 at Jeddah).

  • Carlos Sainz rounded out the top five for Ferrari, finishing where he started and matching his highest Grand Prix finish in Baku (2018).

  • Fernando Alonso took P6 for his and Aston Martin's first ever Sprint points.

  • Lewis Hamilton finished seventh, 16.5 seconds behind the winner – and 8.5 seconds behind team mate Russell.

READ MORE: Formula 1 to race in Azerbaijan through 2026 after new deal agreed

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - APRIL 29: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Aston Martin AMR23 Mercedes

Alonso took his own and Aston Martin's first Sprint points

  • With P8 for Lance Stroll, Aston Martin maintain second in the constructors' championship – six points ahead of Mercedes.

  • Alex Albon's P9 is the hightest finish by a Williams in 2023 and the first time he's seen the chequered flag since Bahrain, where he finished P10.

  • There was one retirement – for Yuki Tsunoda of AlphaTauri – and one DNS as Williams' Logan Sargeant withdrew.

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