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F1 | Singapore GP | Verstappen says “frustrating” weekend started with Saturday’s qualifying error

Verstappen discusses his poor Singapore GP weekend, saying he didn’t want to talk to the team after the fuel blunder which cost him a chance at pole position on Saturday night

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F1 | Singapore GP | Verstappen says “frustrating” weekend started with Saturday’s qualifying error
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Max Verstappen’s five-race winning streak for Red Bull came to an end after a tough event at the Singapore Grand Prix, with the Dutchman forced to abandon his last qualifying lap, relegating him to a P8 start for what would prove to be a frustrating Grand Prix on Sunday night.

Although Verstappen still holds a sizable lead over title contender Charles Leclerc after securing P7 on the final lap, he remains annoyed over what he calls a frustrating weekend, despite having a good chance to secure the Championship next time out in Suzuka.

“That is normally not the problem — I think we are still 104 (points) in the lead, but it is just a very frustrating weekend,” Verstappen said. “I can of course say it doesn’t matter, we have five races left and we have a big lead, but I want to have a good weekend every single time and we had a really terrible weekend. It started, of course, yesterday with the big f**k-up in qualifying.”

A poor start for Verstappen as he hit anti-stall in his Red Bull, saw him lose several positions at lights out. After battling back through the pack to P6, a move gone wrong on Lando Norris shortly after a safety car saw the Red Bull driver tumble down the order for a second time as he was forced to pit for a new set of tires.

“It was frustrating,” he said. “Of course, at the start with the anti-stall I lost even more spots (on my grid position), so you then put yourself in an even more difficult position to have a good result. I got past a few cars, but then again I got stuck because it is impossible to pass around here.

“Once I was in a decent position I tried to go for a move on Lando [Norris] but somehow I completely bottomed out as soon as I hit the brakes, so the front wheels went in the air and I must have really locked up because I had massive flat spots. So I had to pit again and put new tyres on. I got back in the points, but it is of course not what we wanted and after yesterday we cannot ask for miracles.”

Verstappen went on to discuss his anger following qualifying, as he left the track early saying he “wasn’t in the mood to talk” during the team’s debrief, a sentiment which he also held after the Grand Prix.

“Not today. I think we all know that it already kicked off yesterday and that’s why we put ourselves in that position. Then it can either go brilliantly today or it can go like we had today.

“I wasn’t in the mood to talk. It’s not about making a statement, it is just how I feel. It wouldn’t have been much use to talk.”

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