Max Verstappen believes he missed two chances for pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix, having aborted his penultimate lap under orders from Red Bull, before his qualifying ended for good when he was told he had to pit without finish his last lap in Q3.
As a result, the championship leader was relegated to eighth place, while his closest but very distant rivals, Charles Leclerc and Sergio Pérez, finished in the front row, in that same order.
Verstappen confirmed that Red Bull gave him orders to pit on his final lap because he was about to run out of fuel, which would have resulted in a disqualification from the back of the grid.
“I already noticed I was going fast on the lap before but then they told me to abort so I said ‘okay we can do it’ but then on the last lap they told me to pit and I realized what was going on. to pass. We had run out of fuel,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1 .
“It’s incredibly frustrating and it’s something that shouldn’t happen. Even if you don’t plan to do six laps, you always keep track of it throughout the session, mostly to know if it’s going to go all the way or not. We should have seen it earlier.”
“I am not happy at all at the moment, I know of course that it is a team sport and that I can make mistakes and so can they, but it is never acceptable. Of course you learn from it, but this is really unfortunate. It should not happen “added the Dutchman.
Despite having won the last five races of the Formula 1 season, including Hungary, where he started 10th, Belgium, where he started 14th, and Italy, where he started 7th, the Red Bull driver is not optimistic about the chances of win in singapore
“It’s a bit like Monaco here, it’s very difficult to overtake and maybe you can play a bit with the strategy, but at the moment I’m not in the mood to think about tomorrow’s race,” he said.
“Once I get in the car, I will always do my best, but right now I am very frustrated by what has just happened. I will go back to the hotel and think of other things.”