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F1 News: Red Bull Chief Reflects On Max Verstappen’s Questionable Performance

Red Bull chief Christian Horner has spoken out on Max Verstappen’s poor performance during the Singapore Grand Prix as he finished in 7th place from the starting place of P8. Every driver had a tough time with the track conditions being so treacherous, with both Verstappen and rival Lewis Hamilton both failing to brake for corners, forcing them to re-enter the track further back in the pack.

The weekend didn’t go well for Verstappen, with his Qualifying starting him on the back foot as he was forced to pit before completing his fast lap due to low fuel. Then on top of this, the Dutch driver started badly as his car was crippled with anti-stall issues.

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”It was tough for him,” Christian Horner told the press via F1FAll. “He started out of position and had a horrible start which put him further back. He managed to avoid the chaos.

“He picked his way through the field, unlucky with Norris who got lucky with the safety car. He made the move on Lando at the restart and the car bottomed badly and he locked the wheel.”

This aggressive move pushed Verstappen back down the back, but Horner was quick to put the blame on the tyres over Verstappen’s driving:

”Because the safety car had been so slow. Frustrating for him but those last 5 laps, 11 world championships between them (the fight with Hamilton and Vettel), they were fighting incredibly hard. He dropped down to 14 and came up to P7, important points for him and the team.”

He was then asked how he felt when he saw the mistake:

”I thought ‘not now!”’

Next week’s Japanese Grand Prix will give Verstappen his second chance at taking the championship win, especially with his ‘Red Bull Powertrain’ being from the Japanese manufacturer Honda.