SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen says his document run of Components One victories will come to an finish at Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix after he certified eleventh on the grid.
The 2-time world champion is on a run of ten straight victories stretching again to Could’s Miami Grand Prix, however will face his hardest problem of the season when he strains up on the grid in Singapore.
With overtaking alternatives restricted across the three-mile Marina Bay road circuit, Verstappen has already dominated out a victory on Sunday.
“Yeah, you possibly can overlook about that,” he instructed reporters in Singapore.
Verstappen mentioned his principal concern stemmed from the automotive’s behaviour below braking.
“We made a couple of extra adjustments [ahead of qualifying] which we thought the setup would enable, the automotive would enable,” he defined. “However then we bought into qualifying, the primary large downside I had was that I could not brake late and laborious, as a result of I might backside out and it might unload the entrance tires.
“On a road circuit, that’s one thing that may be very essential, to be assured on the brakes and assault the corners. So I could not try this, and moreover, additionally simply the low velocity corners, the place I feel now we have been struggling the entire weekend, I simply had no rear assist.
“So I stored on having mini-slides, or in my last lap, a giant one at Flip 3. When it is like that, there is no such thing as a lap time.”
Purple Bull has gained each race this yr, however with Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez qualifying thirteenth, that run additionally appears set to finish. The principle power of the automotive this yr has been its race efficiency over its qualifying tempo, besides Verstappen believes his probabilities of preventing by the sector are slim.
“I imply, typically, usually our automotive is a bit higher on [tyre] degradation, possibly to some individuals round us, however I do not assume that issues so much in Singapore the place it is very laborious to move.
“It is advisable be one-and-a-half, two, three seconds quicker, which we aren’t. Clearly additionally now with the automotive efficiency imbalance now we have will probably be a really powerful, lengthy afternoon.
“I nonetheless want to talk to the stewards, so I may not even be P11 anyway. At this stage, it does not matter.”
No matter Sunday’s outcome, Verstappen is ready to safe his third world title within the coming races and he appeared calm in regards to the poor efficiency.
“I knew that there was a day the place you are not profitable anymore,” he added. “It is also, we had a very good run anyway up till now.
“I might at all times take a season the place we’re profitable this a lot and having one actually unhealthy weekend over the opposite method round the place you are not preventing for the championship and also you’re profitable right here.
“I feel it is also necessary that we perceive what we did improper this weekend, as a result of I am assured that subsequent week, we’ll go to Suzuka, and will probably be quick once more.
“It already felt like that additionally on the simulator, that this was a troublesome setup window for the automotive. Then we went to Suzuka, and it simply felt wonderful once more like the remainder of the races.”