Max Verstappen explains Singapore GP safety car missed chances

Verstappen's record breaking run of race victories came to a halt under the lights in Singapore

-

Max Verstappen has said Red Bull had the pace to fight with the frontrunners in the 2023 Singapore GP if the timing of safety cars during the race had gone the team’s way.

Verstappen started the race at Marina Bay down in 11th after struggling with the car all weekend, and while the Dutchman rallied to finish fifth, victory for Ferrari and Carlos Sainz brought his record breaking run of wins to an end.

Red Bull gambled with staying out and going long during the first stint of the race on the hard tyres, but as both Verstappen and Sergio Perez began to run low on grip, they were forced to pit and the strategy failed to pay off as hoped for.

However, Verstappen said that he believed that if the timing had worked out differently the team still had the pace to battle with Ferrari and Mercedes up front.

“I think everything went against us as well in the race with the safety cars,” Verstappen told media after the race.

“So it was possibly also the worst case scenario, because I really think that if the safety cars had worked out a little bit more in our favour I would actually have been fighting with the guys, because I think that especially that last stint was quite easy.”

Car issues

Issues with the RB19 dogged the Milton Keynes-based outfit throughout the weekend in Singapore, with the usually predictable and untouchable car looking difficult to control and prompting criticism from both drivers.

But Verstappen said that the car felt much better in race trim, as it has throughout the season, and he wasn’t overly concerned going into next week’s Japanese GP.

“They were still there a bit but to a lesser extent, and normally of course our car is usually better than in the race,” Verstappen said.

“I think you could see that again today in the race, especially on the medium tyres at the end, we had good pace. I was managing of course my tyres in that last stint to try and get to the end, but I was quite happy.”

Matt Neill
Matt Neillhttps://total-motorsport.com
With years of experience in the motorsports field and Matt Neill founded Total-Motorsport.com to give clarity and more depth to the digital F1 landscape.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Max Verstappen leads Lando Norris of McLaren during the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Forget Ferrari, McLaren are the biggest threat to Red Bull

0
The very fact that Lando Norris was disappointed and frustrated with finishing second at the Formula 1 2024 Canadian...
Sergio Perez looks on at the 2024 Canadian GP | Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Horner calls for Perez to bounce back as he heaps praise on Verstappen

0
Team principal Christian Horner for Sergio Perez to get back to from for the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix whilst...

Should F1 adopt a football-style transfer window for drivers? Max Verstappen is the proof...

0
Formula 1 is unlike any other sport, and that's fine - the F1 purists thrive on its unique qualities....

What went wrong for Will Brown, Cam Waters in NASCAR Cup debuts

0
The NASCAR Cup Series had some Australian flavour Sunday when Supercars Championship stars Will Brown and Cameron Waters made...

What we learned from the 2024 Canadian GP

0
Max Verstappen returned to the top step of the podium after a terrible 2024 Monaco Grand Prix with an...
Norman Nato leads the field at the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix | Formula E

Formula E 2024-25 calendar announced for first Gen3 Evo season

0
Formula E have announced its provisional calendar for the 2024-25 season, which will be the first campaign for the...
Race winner Max Verstappen celebrates after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen aces huge Canadian GP test as Red Bull and Perez falter

0
While Lando Norris was frustrated with his team, George Russell committed a litany of errors and Lewis Hamilton lamented...

F1 risks repeating mistake with new 2026 regulations announcement

0
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali unveiled the sport's much-heralded new era of racing in 2026 promising "a new generation...

F1 Winners and Losers of the 2024 Canadian GP

0
The dust settled on a barnstorming 2024 Canadian Grand Prix weekend with Max Verstappen returning to the top step...
George Russell at 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix | Mercedes / Sebastian Kawka

George Russell mistakes exposed as Mercedes face major concern

0
George Russell may have started the Formula 1 2024 Canadian Grand Prix on pole position, yet there was a...
- Advertisment -