Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Singapore, 2023

Verstappen sure Singapore technical directive ‘won’t hurt’ Red Bull

Formula 1

Posted on

| Written by

Max Verstappen says the new technical directive the FIA has introduced ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix will not diminish Red Bull’s dominance.

The directive, details of which were circulated to teams last month, imposes new restrictions on how far body work may flex under load to prevent teams trying to gain an aerodynamic advantage.

Red Bull has dominated the 2023 season so far, winning all 14 races to date. Verstappen does not believe the new directive will affect the performance of their all-conquering RB19.

“I don’t think it will,” he said. “We never had any flexible front wing or whatever so I don’t think it will hurt us.”

However he does expect a closer fight with their rivals at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, which he believes will be one of the more challenging venues for Red Bull. “I think we just are not as competitive as at other tracks.” He said.

“The street circuits are a little bit tougher for our car. I still think that we can do a good job but it will be very tight.”

Red Bull have so emphatically dominated this year’s season that they could clinch the constructors championship this weekend with seven rounds remaining. Verstappen said that is largely due to the quality of the car they’ve made this year, rather than changes in how the team has performed.

Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and go ad-free

“We always had quite a high level performance as a team but we just didn’t have that good a car I think up until this year.

“Of course last year already the car was very good. The years before we were close, but winning here and there and not fighting for the constructors.

“But I think everything really came together, we understood this new regulation really well and when you have good people in every single position you can achieve something like you are witnessing right now.”

Verstappen set a new record by scoring his 10th consecutive win at the last race in Italy. “Of course I want to try and continue that streak,” he said, “but I know that there will be a day, of course, that it will stop.

“Normally street circuits, Singapore, it’s always a bit more of a risk, a bit more chaos. But we are here to win and we’ll try to do that.”

He brushed off comments made by Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff who described Verstappen’s record as “irrelevant” following the race at Monza. “I’m not disappointed in that,” he said. “They had a pretty shit race so probably he was still pissed off with their performance.”

Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and go ad-free

Verstappen himself has played down the significance of the achievement. “He almost sounds like he’s an employee of our team sometimes,” he continued. “But luckily not.

“I think it’s just important that you focus on your own team. That’s what we do as well. That’s what we did in the past as well when we were behind them when they were dominating.

“You should be able to appreciate when a team is doing really well which I think we’ve done in the past because it worked also as a kind of inspiration. To see someone that dominant was very impressive at the time and we knew that we just had to work harder, try to be better and try to get to that level. And now that we are there we’re very happy that we are there and we’re enjoying the moment.”

Bringing the F1 news from the source

RaceFans strives to bring its readers news directly from the key players in Formula 1. We are able to do this thanks in part to the generous backing of our RaceFans Supporters.

By contributing 1 per month or 12 per year (or the equivalent in other currencies) you can help cover the costs involved in producing original journalism: Travelling, writing, creating, hosting, contacting and developing.

We have been proudly supported by our readers for over 10 years. If you enjoy our independent coverage, please consider becoming a RaceFans Supporter today. As a bonus, all our Supporters can also browse the site ad-free. Sign up or find out more via the links below:

2023 Singapore Grand Prix

Browse all 2023 Singapore Grand Prix articles

Author information

Keith Collantine
Lifelong motor sport fan Keith set up RaceFans in 2005 - when it was originally called F1 Fanatic. Having previously worked as a motoring...

Got a potential story, tip or enquiry? Find out more about RaceFans and contact us here.

8 comments on “Verstappen sure Singapore technical directive ‘won’t hurt’ Red Bull”

  1. Well of course RB will win Singapore, after all, they have the King of the Streets driving their car. Max may struggle to get points of course.

    1. I do wonder if the pundits will try to revisit that well after Miami and Monaco.

  2. Was anyone expecting anything different?
    On the other hand, the rest…

  3. Any bets on a new front wing on AM and Ferrari. Debating Merc.
    Oh, and that rubber rear wing on the Alpine should be history.

    Wasn’t there mention of floor flex changes too? Where would that apply?

  4. Wow, verstappen made quite a harsh rebuke on wolff, talking about how bad merc’s race was in monza!

    A thing he missed in his comment though is he talked about the 2016-2020 situation basically, as in winning the odd race here and there and not fighting for the title, and then about 2022 and 2023 and having a really good car, he clearly missed 2021 where they also had a very good car and lost the constructor’s championship marginally, mainly because bottas was better than perez, but also for things like silverstone and hungary crashes with merc.

    1. “Luckily, TW is not a RBR employee” [paraphrasing] I love that.

  5. I love how he uses the word competitive instead of dominate. Of course they will be competitive. They just might not dominate this weekend.

Comments are closed.