Max Verstappen, the runaway leader in Formula One, expressed “no emotion” at the end of his record-winning streak as he prepares for the Japanese Grand Prix. Verstappen’s run of 10 consecutive victories came to an end at the Singapore Grand Prix, where he finished fifth behind Carlos Sainz of Ferrari.
Despite this rare setback, Verstappen, who has won 12 out of 15 races this season, remains a strong contender for his third consecutive championship title. He holds a commanding 151-point lead over his closest championship rival, Sergio Perez, with seven races left in the season.
Verstappen’s attitude remains focused on the future, stating, “No emotion, we stopped winning for one race—shit happens, we won 10 in a row before that.” He acknowledges that in motorsport, there are always moments when things don’t go as planned.
While Verstappen cannot clinch the championship at the Japanese Grand Prix, Red Bull has the opportunity to secure the constructors’ championship. Verstappen remains confident in his team’s capabilities, believing that they can win every remaining race of the season.
Carlos Sainz’s victory in Singapore ended Red Bull’s perfect winning record for the season, but Verstappen is undeterred, stating, “I still think that from now onwards we can win every single race, even with people getting upgrades.”
Verstappen has a strong affection for the Suzuka circuit and the passionate Japanese fans. He clinched the championship title there last season, and he appreciates the unique atmosphere created by Japanese motorsport enthusiasts.
While some view the end of Red Bull’s dominance as positive for Formula One, Verstappen remains focused on his team’s performance. He emphasizes that their success reflects their superior performance and is not necessarily detrimental to the sport.
The Japanese Grand Prix holds a special place in Verstappen’s heart, and he admires the enthusiastic Japanese fans who make the race unique. The event returned last year after a three-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Verstappen looks forward to competing on the Suzuka circuit once again.