Red Bull endured a tougher start to the Singapore Grand Prix than they expected, said Max Verstappen after today’s practice sessions.
“Ferrari is very fast,” said Verstappen at the end of Friday’s running. “I think we’re just way worse than we expected.”
Red Bull have won every race so far this year, but arrived in Singapore expecting the Marina Bay circuit would be one of the more challenging venues for their car. Verstappen said he was “struggling a lot with the balance of the car,” during the session.
“We tried quite a few things in FP2 – some worked, some didn’t. Never really got the car together. So there’s quite a few things to figure out tonight.”
The championship leader said there are “a few things that we don’t understand” about their practice pace. “So that’s what we have to look into.”
Verstappen’s team mate Sergio Perez, who won last year’s Singapore Grand Prix, said the RB19’s rear end felt particularly weak this year. “I think there are some interesting bits going on that we need to figure out overnight, hopefully,” he said. “We seem to be struggling quite a bit with the rear end of the car, especially in FP2.
“So there’s plenty of things to look at and hopefully we can come up with the best possible set-up because we know qualifying is very, very important.”
“We didn’t expect the Ferrari to be very strong around here,” he added. “We’re just too far away. Hopefully tomorrow we are able to close the gap a bit more but I do expect quite a challenge.”
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