The most spectacular, fun and in some ways decisive duel of the Turkish GP took place during the 33rd lap, when Lewis Hamilton has tried in every way to overtake Red Bull’s Sergio Perez. The Mexican, Max Verstappen’s team mate, however, has made the shoulders wide. Apparently destined for the role of sacrificial victim, in fact, Checo resisted in the last corners, despite a very aggressive maneuver by Hamilton, who had sent his rival almost in the pit lane.
Perez kept his foot down, responding blow for blow to the opponent and held the position. A resistance that paid off at the end of the race, when the second Red Bull home driver managed to catch the third position, thus hitting his third podium of the season. The dynamics of the duel with Hamilton, however, caused some hints of protest. In the Austrian home, Helmut Marko he criticized the driving of the world champion, who he said voluntarily tried to push Perez into the pit lane. On the other hand, there are those who pointed out the passage of Perez inside the pin that delimits the entrance to the pit lane. A maneuver that some have tried to paint as irregular.
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However, the Race Director showed a completely different opinion Michael Masi, who analyzed the duel after the race. “I saw it – explained the Australian race director – but our regulation says that you have to respect the post only if you are going to the pits, so there was nothing. It was a beautiful and hard fight between the two “. At the level of official communications, however, neither of the two teams involved in the episode has requested sanctions. “Curiously, neither team raised the question: neither Mercedes nor Red Bull “, Masi commented.