Verstappen: “The title in Singapore is a long shot”


No one doubts that Max Verstappen will retain his F1 title, but the question is whether he can do it this weekend at the Singapore GP at the Marina Bay street circuit. The Dutch driver has his first option of the season to sing the wing this Sunday, with 5 races still to play. However, the pilot himself acknowledged yesterday in the run-up to this appointment that he does not see it as a realistic option, because for this he will need Charles Leclerc to have a weekend to forget.

Max Verstappen arrives in Singapore with a 116-point lead over Charles Leclerc, who still has 164 up for grabs (6 races + 8 points for the sprint race winner and 6 points from the fastest lap, one each career).

Therefore, for Max to be proclaimed a two-time champion on Sunday, he needs something complicated. He will be champion if he wins this race without the fastest lap and Charles Leclerc finishes ninth or worse, and Checo Pérez is fourth without the fastest lap. If Verstappen wins the fastest lap, Leclerc deserves to finish eighth or worse and Checo to finish fourth or worse. Those are the only two scenarios in which Verstappen will be crowned this weekend. But he is clear that the most logical thing is to achieve it next week at the Japanese GP.

“I don’t really think about it. This is a pretty remote possibility. I just want to enjoy the weekend and of course try to win.”

“I think Japan is better. Also, I need a lot of luck for this to happen, so I’m not counting on that. I think Suzuka is my first proper chance to win the title. So I’m looking forward to Singapore right now, but I’m also really excited for next week.”

Source: La Verdad


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