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OPINION: Baku sent a message about Perez – and about the value of experience

Sergio Perez proved to be right on time at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Pre-season he’d talked about requiring five races to get his eye in after moving to Red Bull, so winning on his sixth outing fulfilled his own prophesy. The fact Perez won was less important than his performance level and the role he played in the race before teammate Max Verstappen crashed out of the lead after a tire failure. Not only did he follow Verstappen past Lewis Hamilton, but he also kept him at bay both in the pre- and post-red flag phases of the race. Had Perez not started the two-lap ‘Mini Prix’ after the stoppage on pole position then Hamilton wouldn’t have made the mistake of engaging the ‘brake...
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