SINGAPORE — Purple Bull’s dream of an unbeaten season got here to an finish on the Singapore Grand Prix, however workforce principal Christian Horner stated he by no means really believed it was attainable.
The workforce’s successful run, which stretches again to final 12 months’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, reached 15 races on the Italian Grand Prix, eclipsing the earlier document of 11 held by McLaren since 1988.
Horner pointed to a setup situation and Singapore’s circuit traits for Purple Bull’s sudden lack of efficiency, though he didn’t go into particulars concerning the errors the workforce made.
Verstappen, who was additionally on a document run of 10 victories for a driver, completed the race in fifth place after beginning eleventh, whereas Carlos Sainz secured the primary non-Purple Bull win of the season for Ferrari.
Requested how he felt about felt about lacking out on an ideal season, Horner stated: “We by no means anticipated it. I imply, there have been nonetheless eight races to go.
“Jesus Christ, you guys have been asking me since just about [the second race in] Jeddah. To have gotten by 15 races is past our wildest imaginations.
“For Max to have now 10 in a row is madness. The final time a driver did that was Sebastian [Vettel] in one in every of our automobiles –incredibly proud to have the primary and second winningest drivers in Method One.”
Horner additionally used the chance to take a dig at rival workforce principal Toto Wolff, who stated in Monza that Verstappen’s document run of ten consecutive wins was “irrelevant”.
“Whereas statistics apparently do not matter, they’re ones that as a workforce we’re extremely happy with. We have got