Max Verstappen got off to a good start on Friday with preparations for the Singapore Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver was the fastest in the first free practice on the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Red Bull has already taken twelve podium places on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, which is more than the competition. But according to Horner, those statistics give a wrong picture.
"Of course it is impressive, but unfortunately Mercedes has finished here quite often for us in the last few years," said the Brit in Singapore on Friday. "They are clearly the favorite here and Lewis Hamilton is always strong on this circuit."
Verstappen must take the final step in Singapore
Horner did not want to attach too much value to the pace of Verstappen in the first training session. "That doesn't say much yet. But we have a competitive car and hope to be able to fight with them."
Last year, Verstappen finished second in the streets through the Asian metropolis. Then Hamilton beat the Limburger in both qualifying and the race. "But we did put some pressure on them back then. I hope we can take that last step this year."
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With seven races to go, Formula 1 is in the final phase of the 2019 season. Verstappen is usually strong in this phase of the championship. Horner also sees this happening this year.
"The last couple of races the speed was good. In Austria and Great Britain we were fast. In Hungary we were on pole and we were close to victory. The race space in Monza was good too, Max was just as fast as the leaders, "the Brit summed up.
"It won't always go well in the remaining races, but I hope we can compete everywhere in the front."
GP Singapore start times
- Friday: Second free practice - 2.30 p.m.
- Saturday: Third free practice - 12:00
- Saturday: Qualification - 3 p.m.
- Sunday: Race - 2.10 p.m.