The Marina Bay track has always been one of the most successful for the Red Bull team. However, this year qualifying Max and Alex couldn’t show strong results here and have a real fight with the leaders.
This weekend Suderia Ferrari was incredibly fast again, and again surprised its rivals. As Max Verstappen said after the finish of qualifying, before the weekend in Singapore the team hoped to earn higher positions on Saturday, but they lacked grip and hadn't enough speed compared to the red cars. Moreover, other rivals – Mercedes – were also faster than Red Bull, so Max and Alex are only the third at this Grand Prix by the speed.
"We didn’t have the pace to challenge for pole. Balance wise the car felt pretty decent but we just didn’t have enough grip which we need to look into," – Max explained his feelings of the car’s work.
"I didn’t expect Ferrari to be on pole but they did a really good job and we will have to work harder. We came here wanting to fight for the front row and P4 feels a bit disappointing on a track like this where we hoped to be quicker but it was the best we could do and at least we are ahead of one Mercedes. Let’s see, as anything can happen in the race tomorrow."
Alex on the contrary faced some problems with balance in Q1. However, the mechanics managed to change the settings and prepare the car for Q2, where Alex felt the car better and could more confidently drive it.
So, the Red Bull rookie managed to take P6. The driver himself isn’t upset with the result and hopes for a positive race tomorrow, noting that the strategy will play a key role on Sunday.
"Strategy will be important tomorrow and the tyres don’t look like they’re holding on that well. The track is also very technical so I’m expecting a long, hard race. Of course I would have liked to have finished a little higher up today and there is still work to do, but overall I felt it wasn’t a bad result. I will focus on the positives and take a cold bath before the race and be ready to fight from P6."