After five consecutive victories, Max Verstappen travels with good feelings and a huge advantage in the drivers’ standings at the Singapore Grand Prix, where the 17th race of the 2022 Formula 1 season will take place this weekend.
At the Marina Bay street circuit, the Red Bull driver will also get his first shot at becoming world champion for the second year in a row. However, not everything depends on him, since he will need the help of his closest pursuers, since even with a victory, he will depend on the results of Charles Leclerc and Sergio Pérez.
Verstappen’s current lead over the Monegasque Ferrari driver is 116 points before Singapore, so the question is no longer if he will be world champion, but when.
Although he will have his first “match ball” on Sunday, the Dutch driver assures that he is not thinking about it at the moment: “I don’t really think about the championship, I just want to have a positive weekend and see what happens race by race. We don’t have rush”.
The tight and twisty Singapore street circuit has been a good track for Verstappen so far, with a second place finish in 2018 being his best result. However, in 2017 he was involved in a famous crash with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the start.
“It’s been a while since we’ve raced in Singapore, so it will be interesting to see how the circuit has evolved,” Verstappen said, speaking more specifically about the upcoming race weekend. “It’s something that makes him very excited,” he added.
“It’s definitely one of the best races of the year and a beautiful location. It’s important to have a good qualifying lap, so we’re focusing on that. For the race, we have to be prepared for everything, because there are usually a lot of cars from security”.
“In general, it is a challenging circuit, the humidity is hard and it is very difficult to do a perfect lap due to the tight corners and the fact that the walls are very close to the track”, concluded the current champion and leader. solo of the Formula 1 drivers’ world championship.
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