In a sweeping display of power, Red Bull had secured consecutive wins at 15 races prior to the upset at the Singapore Grand Prix, where Carlos Sainz claimed victory. This streak of dominance included Verstappen claiming a personal record of 10 straight wins.
The staggering success of Max Verstappen this season has led many to predict a third championship under his belt at the forthcoming Qatar Grand Prix. However, there have also been whispers of discontent brewing, with critics claiming that Formula One is becoming too predictable.
During a press interview, Verstappen was questioned about whether the F1 circuit needed more excitement akin to the close contest at Singapore. He dismissed such notions with a blunt statement: “Honestly, I have zero interest in that.”
The racing star explained: “We got beaten and in a very clear way. I don’t think about what’s good for Formula One.” He further articulated: “I don’t think it was necessarily bad what was happening to Formula One, because we were just better than everyone else. If people can’t appreciate that, then you are not a real fan.”
Maintaining his cool approach, Verstappen expressed that his focus was on performance rather than keeping audiences entertained. Reflecting on the team’s defeat at Singapore, he said, “That’s why I was super relaxed about it, because we didn’t perform and other people did a better job than us… They shouldn’t win because people say it’s boring that we are winning.”
Despite his winning streak being quashed in Singapore, where he finished fifth, Verstappen didn’t show any signs of disappointment. He shrugged off this minor setback, stating: “No emotion. I mean, yeah, we stopped winning for one race – s— happens. We won ten in a row before that!”
Looking forward, Red Bull stands a fair chance of nabbing the constructors’ championship at the Japanese Grand Prix, given they aren’t outperformed by both Mercedes and Ferrari. Verstappen expressed that capturing the championship in Japan would feel “extra special” given that Honda, Red Bull‘s engine supplier, calls Japan home.
Reflecting on the impending championship, Verstappen said: “It’d be a great achievement and something that we set out to do at the start of the year… Of course, if we could win it here it would mean a little bit extra for everyone, also for Honda being involved with us. It would be very nice.”