Max Verstappen, driving for Red Bull Racing, struggled to regain momentum with a raised ride height on the difficult Marina Bay street circuit, sliding from 11th place to finalise at 5th. His teammate Sergio Perez wrestled his way to secure the 8th place.
This altered circumstance proved to be an opportunity for Carlos Sainz, driving for Ferrari, who cruised comfortably to a well-strategized victory, bringing an end to Red Bull’s flawless win streak this season. He led Lando Norris in an unprecedented 1-2 finish.
Many, however, perceive this as a mere hiccup, A miscalculation that the usually formidable Red Bull will overcome in the upcoming Suzuka race. The grid unanimously concurs that the RB19, Red Bull‘s racing car, will regain its customary dominance.
Mercedes Motorsport Boss, Toto Wolff, vocally reflected on the unusual Singapore results saying, “They have been so strong and that’s why they’ve won so many races this year. We must not forget that just because we have this outlier here in Singapore.” He added, “I have no doubt they will be strong for the more conventional race tracks. But it is a breath of fresh air that we have a different winner and a podium without them.”
Sainz echoed these sentiments and although appreciative of the unique chance Singapore presented to his team, he foresaw a comeback for Red Bull. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re still winning the last few races of the season,” he said unabashedly. Sainz recognized the superior performance of Red Bull this year and alluded to a continued dominance, “I just think it’s great for F1 if Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, Aston [Martin] would be that two, three-tenths quicker every race, to challenge them in race pace. But it’s true that if Red Bull have nailed the car this year and they were doing such an amazing job they deserve to win everything that they’re winning.”
However, Norris, Sainz’s partner, isn’t as convinced and remarked on the unusual difficulties the RB19 experienced at Singapore, notably during the qualifiers. “I have dreamed a little bit but I’m sure [Red Bull are] going to be back on track next weekend. I don’t know what they struggled with this weekend but when I watched [Verstappen’s] onboard, I kind of laughed because I’ve never seen a car that bad before. Max also laughed about it,” Norris said, suggesting the Red Bull team will bounce back promptly.