The Red Bull winning streak of ten continuous victories by Max Verstappen in the Formula 1 world came to an end in the Singapore Grand Prix. In spite of the team’s tremendous prior success, the off-track weekend performance led Verstappen to clinch only the fifth spot.
Preceding the Singapore victory by Carlos Sainz, the continuous triumphs by Verstappen and Red Bull had stirred conversations about the monotony deteriorating the sport’s appeal and TV viewership. Such sentiments were echoed by Liberty Media CEO, Greg Maffei.
However, when probed about it at Suzuka by F1 Initiative, Verstappen dismissed any concerns about his dominance being harmful to F1. Verstappen said, “Honestly, I have zero interest in that. For me, it was just we got beaten, in a very clear way. I don’t think about what is good for F1.”
He proceeded with his view on the situation, “I don’t think it’s necessarily bad what was happening to F1, because we were just better than everyone else. And if people can’t appreciate that, then you’re not a real fan. But yeah, that’s how it goes.”
Verstappen maintained his stance with relaxed confidence. He said that if others performed a better job, they deserved to win rather than being allowed to because the Red Bull victories made F1 tiresome.
When asked about his feelings on the end of the victorious streak in Singapore, Verstappen responded, “No emotion. I mean, we stopped winning for one race. Shit happens.” Despite the pause in the victories, he acknowledged that setbacks were part of the journey and was focused to move on and try again.
As the season progresses, Red Bull boss Christian Horner revealed that the team’s complete R&D focus has now shifted to the 2024 car. This indicates a possibility of their rivals inching closer in the remaining part of the season. However, Verstappen stood firm with conviction, confident about winning all remaining races.
The Dutchman emphasised on the lack of significant changes in regulations while explaining his confidence. He said, “Of course, we had our things already set out in terms of upgrades to stuff. But I still think that from now onwards, we can win every single race, even with people bringing upgrades and stuff.”
He also reflected on the previous years stating, “I think that’s also what we’ve done in the past. And then maybe here and there they might have that opportunity of winning, but I still think that our car is capable of winning every race.”
On asked if he was surprised that other teams haven’t closed the gap significantly as the season progressed, Verstappen revealed that he was more stunned at the start of the season. He added, “We all I think at the team expected it to be very close. And it wasn’t in the beginning. So then, of course, throughout the year, I think it’s quite a normal thing that people start looking around and start developing their own ideas, and start to get closer. But for me, it was more surprising at the start.”