In Singapore, Max Verstappen’s winning streak really came to an end, and Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz impressively took the victory. Red Bull Racing had a mediocre weekend at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, where they missed pole position on Saturday and therefore failed to make the podium on Sunday. However, the Dutchman himself did not sound completely dissatisfied with his fifth place after the race because he managed to get the most out of the weekend. The foreign media share Verstappen’s position and continue to reward him with excellent scores.
Auto, Motor und Sport (Germany) – 8.0
Compared to his previous results, fifth place was considerably disappointing for Verstappen and Red Bull, but Auto, Motor und Sport still seems to have the necessary compliments for the catch-up that Verstappen achieved. ‘We already had to express our compliments to a Red Bull winner fourteen times this season, mainly Verstappen, but this time Verstappen had to climb up from midfield and that brought him back to normal, back to normal.’
The Race (Great Britain) – 5th
After this weekend at the British The Race, Verstappen can be found in fifth place. Edd Straw emphasizes that in all likelihood he managed to get the most out of the car, and that is enough for a fifth place. “Verstappen found himself in unknown territory as Red Bull not only lacked speed, but also took a car that was difficult to drive to Singapore.” During qualifying, the Dutchman missed that little bit of magic that he previously had, and therefore he did not make it to Q3. ‘He showed a strong race after starting on the hard tyre, as he moved up to eighth place before the Safety Car. But the timing ruined Red Bull’s strategy, and realistically he couldn’t have gone further than fifth position.”
La Gazzetta Dello Sport (Italy) – 7.0
The Italian La Gazzetta Dello Sport gave Verstappen an excellent 7.0 after the Singapore Grand Prix. The Italian medium mainly emphasized that Red Bull’s strategic choices, and especially not stopping during the Safety Car, may have even killed him. ‘From eleventh to fifth place, despite Red Bull’s choice not to stop during the Safety Car.’ However, La Gazzetta Dello Sport cannot help but emphasize how special Verstappen and his performances are. ‘The car wasn’t a rocket this weekend, but Verstappen still remains a top driver.’