2023 Singapore GP Recap: What Happened to Red Bull?

Poor Performance, Poor Performance Everywhere…

Of all the races on the 2023 Formula 1 calendar, the Singapore GP is the one that has brought more joy to fans of this discipline. In this 2023 Singapore GP recap, we will be covering the battle for victory, crashes in practice and during the race, a friends’ podium, and more.

Ferrari and Their Smooth Operator

Since Monza, the Italian team has been demonstrating their high level. Throughout the season, they maintained an impressive pace in qualifying but had poor results in their F1 races. But that wasn’t the story in Singapore.

Sainz proved to be the fastest one-lap driver since the practices, had one of his best sessions in F1 qualifying -securing the pole- and led the race from the start. The Spaniard had a perfect race, making good decisions and managing his tires until the end of the race.

He even intentionally provided Lando with the opportunity to get DRS to distance himself from the Mercedes cars chasing him. In his words, he performed the first Smooth Operator with Ferrari and closed the gap in points with his fellow countryman Fernando Alonso in the 2023 F1 Standings.

Leclerc (4th) did his part at the beginning of the race, managing to hold off the Mercedes pursuers and giving Carlos a good gap to manage his race. But he finished in 4th place after battling with the two Mercedes, which had a strong race pace in the final laps.

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What Was the Deal With Red Bull?

The beauty of sports lies in the shockers that come with them, and this was no exception.

After a year completely dominated by the Austrians, Red Bull gave a rare and unusual gift to their rivals – a poor performance.

Since the practice, the dismal performance of the RB19 was evident, with gearbox problems for Max and instability for Checo. During qualification, it was confirmed that Red Bull would not be a contender for the podium, since they were eliminated in Q2. Max even said they wouldn’t be able to do much this Sunday.

Despite it all, F1 odds didn’t change much; Red Bull will continue to be the candidate to win the F1 Constructors’ Championship, and Max to win the F1 Drivers’ Championship. The painful part for Max is that his consecutive-wins record couldn’t add another first-place finish, and the good thing for the sport is that it leaves the door open for the next driver who wants to achieve it.

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Lando Norris (2nd) secured his third podium of the year, sharing it with his friend and McLaren teammate, Carlos Sainz.

Mercedes had a magnificent race pace, made good decisions in their strategy, and their drivers showed a lot of commitment. Unfortunately, the commitment was so over-the-top that Russell (16th), with worn tires, lost his third place on the final lap of the race due to a crash that eliminated him from the race. Hamilton (3rd) managed to take third place in the F1 Standings, finishing ahead of Fernando Alonso (15th).

That’s all for the 2023 Singapore GP recap! Be sure to keep tuning in to Point Spreads to get more on the most. It will be really interesting to see how the F1 odds for the championship change without Red Bull in the mix.

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