Sep 16, 2023 at 6:20 PM Update: 5 hours ago
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has no idea how both Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez failed to reach Q3 on Saturday. The Dutchman and the Mexican only played a supporting role in the qualifying in Singapore.
“The car didn’t respond well to adjustments we made. We had understeer, oversteer and braking problems,” Horner said in the paddock at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. “We couldn’t get the tires to work either. We tried everything, but nothing worked.”
Red Bull Racing is experiencing one of the most dominant years in Formula 1 history and has won all Grands Prix so far this season. Verstappen has his third title up for grabs and is on a record streak of ten victories in a row.
During qualifying, the strong Red Bull car was nowhere to be seen. Verstappen continuously grumbled over the on-board radio and had to settle for eleventh place. Pérez did even worse with thirteenth place.
Carlos Sainz took full advantage of the disappointing Red Bulls and took pole position for the second weekend in a row. Mercedes driver George Russell finished second and Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc completed the top three.
“It’s confusing,” Horner continued. “This is still the same car we won with in Zandvoort and Monza a few weeks ago. With the minimal adjustments we can make towards the race, we have to ensure that we get the car to work properly.”
“This is our most successful car ever, but somehow it doesn’t come to life here. We still have a lot of things to try to understand towards tomorrow. It will be very tough to get to the front.”
The Singapore Grand Prix starts on Sunday at 2 p.m. (Dutch time). The street race in Southeast Asia is one of the few Grands Prix that Verstappen has never won.
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