Singapore Grand Prix is tough but he’s excited

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Singapore Grand Prix — Formula One’s first ever evening race — is roaring again this Sunday on a circuit that Oracle Red Bull’s Max Verstappen says he’s thrilled about.

“We’re always very excited to come here because the track is amazing to drive,” the defending champion instructed CNBC’s John Patrick Ong on Wednesday.

Though the Belgian-Dutch racer, who’s racing for the Netherlands, mentioned Singapore’s Marina Bay avenue circuit is “always a challenge,” it is one he appears ahead to.

“It is a very tough track just because it’s a street circuit … and you have to always leave a bit more margin than on [a] normal track.” 

F1’s avenue circuits are usually bumpier than common race tracks and have extra corners. Of all of the F1 circuits, Marina Bay’s 3-mile loop has the second-highest variety of corners, with not less than one security automotive deployed in each race so far.

Max Verstappen wins third place and celebrates on the rostrum through the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street Circuit on Sept. 22, 2019. The Singapore Grand Prix is set to return because the Formula One’s solely evening race on Oct. 2.

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“Normally, it’s one of the tougher or toughest ones on the calendar,” Verstappen mentioned, but it is one he’ll “try to win.”

Referring to the city-state’s humidity, he added that he is not trying ahead to “[losing] a lot of fluid.”

“We haven’t been here in a while… so it will be very interesting for us to understand the track [and] how much has changed.”

The No.1 Red Bull driver boasts a 116-point lead on the high of the standings, and has a mathematical likelihood of successful the championship.

Hungarian Grand Prix hiccup

But issues have not at all times been clean crusing for Verstappen.

In July’s Hungarian Grand Prix, he needed to begin on the tenth place after an influence unit hiccup through the qualifying session. In spite of that, he managed to drag off a victory.

“As a team, I think we made all the right calls, in terms of when to pit, and we jumped a few people,” he mentioned.

Max Verstappen gained the race at Hungarian Aramco Formula One Grand Prix on July 31, 2022, in Mogyorod, Hungary. Though he needed to begin within the tenth place after an influence unit hiccup through the qualifying session, he managed to drag off a victory.

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In his forty second lap, Verstappen did a 360-degree spin, which initially value him the result in Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.

“You have to just try and stay patient and just wait for your moment again, and we got back into the lead and we could win the race,” he mentioned.

“It was definitely really satisfying. Because when I woke up that day, I didn’t expect that I was going to win the race.”

Ground impact, a automotive design function that F1 outlawed in 1982, was reintroduced this yr. It permits drivers to comply with the automotive in entrance of them extra carefully, permitting for extra thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing.

While Verstappen mentioned he needed to readjust to the newer designs at first of the season, his grip on the automotive has been bettering.

“I think you could see already on quite a few tracks that there was a bit more overtaking, a bit more racing. And I think that’s what we want to see.”

‘Sometimes second’s OK’

The Red Bull Racing staff introduced a multi-year partnership with cryptocurrency alternate firm Bybit in February.

Verstappen drew similarities between the crypto business and the world of F1, saying, “in a way, it’s always about risk management as well.”

“In a way that’s the same for a market right? Of course you try to make a lot of money but sometimes actually settling for maybe a safer bet can actually work out better in the long term.”

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates his win on the rostrum after the Italian Grand Prix on Sept. 11, 2022 in Monza, Italy.

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F1, which entails vehicles racing over 200mph, has at all times been generally known as a dangerous contest. But Verstappen expressed religion in his staff’s automotive.

“I know that I have a car to fight for the championship, so you don’t always need to risk everything,” he mentioned.

“Sometimes second’s OK, instead of trying to go for the ultimate goal of winning a race, it’s all about always scoring points.”

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