Max Verstappen will look to win the Singapore Grand Prix on the seventh time of asking this weekend as he hopes to increase his profitable streak and put an finish to his run of unhealthy luck on the streets of the city-state.
The Dutch driver heads into Sunday’s race having received every of the final ten Grands Prix, beating Sebastian Vettel’s document outright with a hard-fought victory in entrance of the Tifosi at Monza final outing. Nevertheless, his luck in Singapore threatens to finish this historic streak.
The tone was set for Verstappen’s relationship with Singapore throughout his rookie season again in 2015. The Dutchman certified in P8 however stalled on the grid when the lights went out and was pushed again to the pit lane, the place he restarted his race a lap down.
Verstappen’s second outing on the observe wasn’t rather more encouraging. In his debut season for Purple Bull, he certified in P4, two-tenths down on team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, earlier than dropping two positions within the race whereas his team-mate remained on the gearbox of race-winner Nico Rosberg.
Whereas his first two Singapore GP outings have been underwhelming, 2017 produced one of the vital iconic crashes in fashionable F1 historical past. With the observe nonetheless damp, Verstappen was sandwiched by the 2 Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen on the race begin, taking all three drivers out of the race in a memorable opening-lap conflict.
The 2-time world champion did handle to avenge that incident in 2018, ending better of the remainder behind the unstoppable Lewis Hamilton and over 30 seconds forward of nearest challenger Vettel, however victory in Singapore nonetheless eluded him.
Verstappen made it back-to-back Singapore GP podiums in 2019, capitalising on a poor technique name from Mercedes to leap Hamilton within the battle for P3 after the Brit was unnoticed to run lengthy on outdated, soft-compound tyres. Sadly for Max, the 2 Ferrari drivers have been unstoppable that night time as Vettel rounded off a one-two end for the Scuderia.
The COVID-19 pandemic meant that Singapore was absent from each the 2020 and 2021 calendars, but it surely was an sad return for Verstappen when it returned final 12 months. The Dutchman’s weekend bought off to the worst doable begin with an error on the group’s behalf leaving him down in P8 for the race begin.
After a dreadful launch, Verstappen was operating out of the factors whereas his team-mate led the way in which. After making his means again into the highest 5 he made a expensive error, locking up into the breaking zone on the finish of the Raffles Boulevard.
With six unsuccessful makes an attempt to win the Singapore GP behind him, Verstappen has an distinctive probability to finish that hoodoo on Sunday, given the immense type he has demonstrated by profitable ten Grands Prix on the spin.