The race in Baku provided a great show toward the end. A chaotic race that offers some interesting stats.
Perez achieved his second win in his career, and he did that in Baku, where he scored three podiums, more than at any other circuit.
Max Verstappen had the win in his pockets, but an unlucky tire failure forced him to retire. That allowed Perez to take victory, and he is the first Red Bull driver to win apart from Verstappen after the 2018 Monaco GP when Ricciardo won for Red Bull.
Perez and Sebastian Vettel, that finished first and second respectively, started from P7 and P11. That means that seven of the 15 drivers that finished on the podium in Baku have started outside the top five.
Thanks to his great race, Vettel gifted Aston Martin its best Formula 1 finish. Plus, it was Sebastian’s best race finish since the Mexican GP in 2019.
Pierre Gasly managed to keep Charles Leclerc behind him until the checkered flag. The Frenchman scored his third podium in Formula 1, and it was his fifth consecutive podium finish. Moreover, this was AlphaTauri’s (Toro Rosso in the past) fifth podium, and three of them were achieved by Pierre Gasly.
Leclerc led the race for Ferrari for the first time until 2019. Plus, he finished in P4 for the third time this year, and he still has to score a podium in 2021.
Lando Norris finished in P5, meaning that he finished in the top five for McLaren in five out of six races in 2021.
After three years, more or less, Fernando Alonso achieved his best race result in P6 after the 2018 Australian GP.
Yuki Tsunoda finished seventh, his best result this year. It was also the best result in Formula 1 for a Japanese driver after the 2012 Abu Dhabi GP where Kamui Kobayashi finished the race in P6.
Daniel Ricciardo scored his first points in Baku after the 2017 race, the year in which he won.
Kimi Raikkonen took his first points in 2021. He finished in P10.
Mercedes’ long streak of points finishes (55) ended today, the fourth-longest of all time. Lewis Hamilton’s streak finished today as well. He managed to score points in the top ten for 54 races in a row. His streak started after the Austrian GP in 2018.