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Max Verstappen

Verstappen unfazed after losing F1 win streak

Red Bull's long run of races finally came to an end in Singapore after Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz claimed the victory.

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Max Verstappen insists he is untroubled after Red Bull's win streak came to an end at the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Milton Keynes-based squad endured a difficult round at the Marina Bay Circuit, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz taking the victory.

It marks the first time this year that Red Bull has not won a race.

Verstappen’s own streak of 10 race wins in a row has also come to an end, as he set the record last time out at the Italian Grand Prix.

Having now finally been beaten, Verstappen asserts that he isn’t surprised it happened to the team.

"I knew that this would come," he told media including RacingNews365.

"So for me it’s absolutely fine. Everything needs to be perfect. Everyone is always saying: 'Look how dominant they are' or 'Look how easy it is.'

"It’s not easy, there are a lot of details that you need to get right and clearly this weekend we didn't get a few things right and then we’re on the back foot.”

‘Everything went against us’

Verstappen started the race from 11th on the grid on the Hard tyre but a Safety Car saw both himself and teammate Sergio Perez promoted up the order as Red Bull decided not to pit.

The pair struggled for grip and slipped down through the order at the restart before swapping to the Medium compound later in the race.

Verstappen eventually crossed the line in fifth place but believes he could have been fighting towards the front if the Safety Car was timed better.

"I think everything went against us in the race with the Safety Cars," he said.

"So it was possibly the worst-case scenario because I really think that if the Safety Cars worked out a little bit more in our favour, we would actually be fighting with the guys.

"I think that especially that last [stint] was quite easy."

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