Before long, Sergio Perez approached George Russell for a spot on the podium, getting past him before falling back behind one corner later.
The Red Bull’s straight-line speed came to fruition soon after, as Perez finally eased past Russell and into third place.
Having failed to score in any sprint so far in the season, AlphaTauri pressured both Ferraris for sixth and eighth places respectively on lap 12, with the Italian team eager to secure eighth in the constructor's championship.
Daniel Ricciardo would be the first to make a move on Carlos Sainz, before dropping behind the Ferrari again before the end of sector one as the Spaniard received a dose of DRS.
A few laps later, Ricciardo was able to reassess the situation, and with a train forming behind him, put another move on Sainz before falling back behind him again.
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