Max Verstappen, the two-time world champion, anticipates his winning streak in Formula One to come to a halt during the imminent Singapore Grand Prix, considering he is starting from the 11th position on the grid. Met with success at May’s Miami Grand Prix and several others since, Verstappen faces an uphill battle at the challenging Marina Bay street circuit.
However, his starting position is still under scrutiny, due to a allegations of hampering other cars during Q1 and Q2 – which could potentially move him further down. Despite Verstappen’s undeniable prowess, the limited overtaking opportunities on this circuit have led him to dismiss the possibility of pulling off a win. “Yeah, you can forget about that,” he shared with the press in Singapore.
Braking issues played a major role in Verstappen’s struggle during the qualifiers. “We made a few more changes [ahead of qualifying] which we thought the setup would allow, the car would allow,” Verstappen explained. “But then, I couldn’t brake late and hard, because I would bottom out and it would unload the front tires.”
He went on to explain how critical it is to have faith in your brakes at a street circuit like Marina Bay, and also emphasized the struggle he faced in low speed corners where he experienced a loss of rear support.
The year has been brilliant for Red Bull so far, but that winning run also seems to be under threat with Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, only qualifying 13th. Despite a car known for excellent race performance, Verstappen appears skeptical about his chances to claw his way up from behind.
Typically, the performance of Red Bull‘s car on tyre degradation is superior to their competition. “But I don’t think that matters a lot in Singapore where it’s very hard to pass,” Verstappen mused. He also alluded to his impending meeting with the stewards, hinting that his current position might even be compromised further.
Nevertheless, Verstappen remains unruffled about this dismal showing, understanding that continous winning is impossible. “I think it’s also important that we understand what we did wrong this weekend,” he reflected, confident that things will change once they hit Suzuka next week. He also underlined his preference for having one bad weekend in an otherwise triumphant season than constantly struggling to fight off competition.