In a surprising turn of events at the Singapore Grand Prix, Red Bull faced a comprehensive defeat for the first time this season. Lewis Hamilton, along with other drivers, including race-winner Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, has given his insights on the situation, while speculations arise about the reasons behind Red Bull’s underwhelming performance.
Sainz, representing Ferrari, clinched victory at the Marina Bay circuit, followed closely by McLaren’s Norris and Mercedes’ Hamilton. The thrilling finale saw these three drivers and Mercedes’ George Russell battling it out over the final ten laps. However, Red Bull, previously unbeaten in all 14 races this season, endured a woeful weekend in Singapore. Enhance your F1 viewing experience with attractive F1 betting odds from Nextbet.
Max Verstappen, who had secured ten consecutive victories, found himself struggling in 11th place during qualifying and finished fifth in the race. His car lacked balance and rear grip on the bumpy street circuit. Despite this, Hamilton believes that Red Bull’s rivals haven’t quite bridged the gap to the leaders.
Hamilton stated, “They are so clear ahead that maybe they’re developing their car less and we are still pushing to develop our current one, but McLaren has picked up a huge amount of pace, and it’s great to see that Ferrari has really stepped it up.”
Sainz, although celebrating his second career win in Singapore, is certain that Red Bull will regain dominance on traditional high-speed circuits like Suzuka. He mentioned, “I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re still winning the last few races of the season.”
Furthermore, Sainz emphasized the importance of close competition among the teams, stating, “It’s great for F1 if Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes would be that two, three-tenths quicker every race, to challenge them in race pace.”
Lando Norris, who secured his third second-place finish of the season for McLaren, acknowledged the struggles Red Bull faced but anticipates their return to form in Japan.
As speculations circulate about whether new rules aimed at preventing bodywork parts from flexing impacted Red Bull’s performance, Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, dismissed these claims, stating, “It’s not changed a single component on our car.”
The Singapore Grand Prix may have delivered a momentary setback for Red Bull, but the championship battle remains intense, with drivers and teams gearing up for the challenges that lie ahead in the remainder of the season. Get the latest updates from the world of F1 only on Nextbet Sports.