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F1 | Singapore GP | Christian Horner on Verstappen recovering from P8: ”We’ll give it everything"

The Team Principal revealed the reason behind Verstappen’s suddenly aborted laps and praised Perez on an impressive front row start.

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F1 | Singapore GP | Christian Horner on Verstappen recovering from P8: ”We’ll give it everything"
Fuente imagen: Red Bull Racing

It was a mixed qualifying session for Red Bull in Singapore.

Championship leader Max Verstappen was forced to give up on two impressive attempts to get pole position due to a shortage of fuel, which could have led to a disqualification for the Dutchman had he failed to provide the FIA with the 1L fuel sample needed for the mandatory post session checks.

He will have to recover from P8, whereas his main title contender Charles Leclerc will try to take advantage of his ninth seasonal pole position to reduce the gap to Verstappen.

On the other hand, Sergio Perez will start tomorrow's race from the front row, as his best lap time was just 0.022s off Leclerc's pole position.

Red Bull's Team Principal Christian Horner talked about the reasons that forced them to abort Verstappen's laps to broadcaster Viaplay: "I think it was a miscalculation on our side."

"We fuelled the car for five laps and because the track was ramping up so quick, we got an extra lap so he was perfectly placed. But, obviously it's critical to give the fuel sample so it's the hardest call in the world when he's two-and-a-half seconds up on his lap time."

Last year, Sebastian Vettel lost his Hungarian GP second place finish due to Aston Martin not being able to provide the necessary fuel sample. Verstappen could have suffered a similarly harsh punishment if he didn't stop, thus missing out even more on his first match point for the 2022 championship.

"If you don't give the sample you're starting from the pit lane, so it is frustrating."

Horner was extremely pleased with the Mexican's performance, as he was incredibly close to get his second ever pole position in F1.

"Great pace in the car and phenomenal performance by Checo. I mean, just to miss out by two hundredths was really tight."

He believes that Red Bull still has a chance to have a great race with both their drivers, considering the characteristics of the track:

"We made it harder for ourselves qualifying eighth [with Verstappen] but we'll give it everything, and these cars can actually race.

"It will be important for Checo to get a good start tomorrow as well as it is a long race," he concluded.

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