Max Verstappen believes the problems that plagued Red Bull during testing were still evident during the Singapore Grand Prix itself.
Their record 10-race winning streak came to an end at the Marina Bay circuit as Red Bull’s hopes of winning every race in 2023 were dashed when the RB19 failed to adapt well to the track.
Suspension and floor problems complicated testing, with Verstappen being eliminated in Q2, as was his teammate. Despite the strong race pace, Verstappen felt that some of the RB19’s problems had not gone away on race day.
“I think they were still there, but to a lesser extent.”
“Normalement bien sûr, notre voiture est toujours meilleure en course et je thought que vous avez pu voir que, surtout sur le pneu médium à la fin, j’avais un bon rythme et je gérais mes pneus pour m’assurer qu’ils durent until the end.”
“There was a lot to do with strategy, but I didn’t want to make any mistakes. Not losing half a second here, a second there can make a big difference at the end of the race.”
Verstappen is not disappointed to end his current winning streak.
“I knew this day would come, so for me everything is fine. Maybe it will be more difficult for the team, because with two cars you have two chances to win.”
“But everything has to be perfect. Everyone always says, ‘Oh, look how dominant they are and look how easy it is.’ But it’s never easy, and there are a lot of details we have to work out and this weekend clearly.” I didn’t do some things right. And then you’re left behind.”