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Max Verstappen

Red Bull problems still evident in Singapore GP - Verstappen

A much improved RB19 on race day allowed Max Verstappen to surge to fifth place as his win streak ended.

Verstappen Norris Singapore
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Max Verstappen feels the problems that impacted Red Bull throughout practice were still evident during the Singapore Grand Prix itself.

The record-breaking run of 10 straight wins came to an end on the Marina Bay streets as Red Bull's hopes of winning every race in 2023 imploded as the RB19 could not get to grips with the track.

Suspension and floor issues made practice messy with Verstappen knocked out in Q2 before starting on the Hard tyres in hope of a late Safety Car to vault up the order.

The Safety Car came too early when Logan Sargeant deposited his front-wing around the track, but the World Champion stormed back to fifth by the flag after a late charge, falling less than half-a-second short of catching the ailing Charles Leclerc for fourth.

Despite the strong race pace, Verstappen felt some of the RB19's problems had not gone away on race day.

Red Bull problems

"I think they were still there, but to a lesser extent," Verstappen told media including RacingNews365 after his first fifth-place since the 2019 British Grand Prix.

"Normally of course, our car is always better in the race and I think you could see that, especially on the Medium at the end, I had good pace and was managing my tyres to make sure they lasted until the end.

"There was lot going on with the strategy, but I did not want to make any mistakes.

"[Not losing] half-a-second here, a second there can make quite a big difference at the end of the race."

F1 2023 Singapore Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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