Max Verstappen has praised Sergio Perez’s performance at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with the Dutchman feeling it is “very important” to “acknowledge and appreciate” Perez’s win. Verstappen initially claimed the lead of the race from pole-sitter Charles Leclerc on Lap 4 of the 51-lap event, with Perez overtaking Leclerc for P2 soon afterwards. However, following a Safety Car period a few laps later, Perez became the race leader and held position from Verstappen to clinch the win. The two Red Bull drivers looked to be in a league of their own during the Grand Prix, but Verstappen hopes to feel more comfortable at other upcoming tracks on the calendar. Verstappen: It’s about consistency “We clearly have the fastest car at the moment, but I’ve been in this position before and it’s about consistency,” Verstappen told media, including , after the race in Baku. “We all know that. It’s a very long season, a lot of different tracks are coming up I think. “So far this year we have been at tracks which are a bit stop-starty, not the full-on racetracks. “There are few really fast corners and fast straights out there, which I probably also seem to enjoy a little bit more.” Perez’s performance ‘great to see’ Verstappen was seen hugging Perez following the Mexican’s victory in the race and is happy to acknowledge that his teammate performed well. “Checo this year has really been on it, he’s been really performing well and that’s great to see,” Verstappen explained. “He’s feeling more and more confident in the car and for the team as well, we are really enjoying it. I think Checo and I, we’re having a good time. “That’s also what is very important: you need to acknowledge and also appreciate when somebody has done a great job, and that’s exactly what happened today. “We will continue fighting for the rest of the season but that’s normal, we have done that our whole life.”

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