These were the problems that the leaders in the battle for the constructors’ title had been encountering all weekend. Yet somehow things went even worse for Verstappen, Pérez and Red Bull in qualifying. “We certainly did something wrong with the set-up, between FP3 and qualifying,” said Verstappen. “We made wrong decisions as a team. You pay the price for that if you don’t go fast anyway.” “I really had several moments during that last lap. I had no grip, no balance and it was difficult to brake. Then it ends.”
For example, Verstappen must come from P11 in the Singapore Grand Prix if he wants to add an eleventh consecutive victory to his illustrious winning streak. However, the two-time world champion has no confidence in this at all on this tight street circuit. “It won’t work out tomorrow either, because it’s almost impossible to overtake here,” he concluded.