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Singapore Grand Prix is hard but he’s excited

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

“We’re all the time very excited to return here since the track is amazing to drive,” the defending champion told CNBC’s John Patrick Ong on Wednesday.

Though the Belgian-Dutch racer, who’s racing for the Netherlands, said Singapore’s Marina Bay street circuit is “all the time a challenge,” it’s one he looks forward to.

“It’s a really tough track simply because it is a street circuit … and you could have to all the time leave a bit more margin than on [a] normal track.” 

F1’s street circuits are generally bumpier than regular race tracks and have more corners. Of all of the F1 circuits, Marina Bay’s 3-mile loop has the second-highest variety of corners, with at the very least one safety automobile deployed in every race up to now.

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 about to return because the Formula One’s only night race on Oct. 2.

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“Normally, it’s one in all the tougher or hardest ones on the calendar,” Verstappen said, nevertheless it’s one he’ll “attempt to win.”

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

“We have not been here shortly… so it is going to be very interesting for us to know the track [and] how much has modified.”

The No.1 Red Bull driver boasts a 116-point lead at the highest of the standings, and has a mathematical probability of winning the championship.

Hungarian Grand Prix hiccup

But things have not all the time been smooth sailing for Verstappen.

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

“As a team, I feel we made all the fitting calls, when it comes to when to pit, and we jumped a couple of people,” he said.

Max Verstappen won the race at Hungarian Aramco Formula One Grand Prix on July 31, 2022, in Mogyorod, Hungary. Though he had to start out within the tenth position 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 cost him the result in Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.

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

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

Ground effect, a automobile design feature that F1 outlawed in 1982, was reintroduced this yr. It enables drivers to follow the automobile in front of them more closely, allowing for more exciting wheel-to-wheel racing.

While Verstappen said he needed to readjust to the newer designs originally of the season, his grip on the automobile has been improving.

“I feel you could possibly see already on quite a couple of tracks that there was a bit more overtaking, a bit more racing. And I feel that is what we wish to see.”

‘Sometimes second’s OK’

The Red Bull Racing team announced a multi-year partnership with cryptocurrency exchange company Bybit in February.

Verstappen drew similarities between the crypto industry and the world of F1, saying, “in a way, it is often about risk management as well.”

“In a way that is the same for a market right? After all you are trying to make a whole lot of money but sometimes actually settling for possibly a safer bet can actually work out higher in the long run.”

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 involves cars racing over 200mph, has all the time been generally known as a dangerous contest. But Verstappen expressed faith in his team’s automobile.

“I do know that I actually have a automobile to fight for the championship, so you do not all the time must risk all the things,” he said.

“Sometimes second’s OK, as a substitute of attempting to go for the final word goal of winning a race, it’s all about all the time scoring points.”

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