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F1 | Singapore GP | Verstappen disgruntled with his team as certain pole slips away: "I like the critical approach, because when I f*** up they can also tell me that I made a mistake"

Despite a huge lead in the Drivers' Championship, Max Verstappen was left very disappointed by his team's error in qualifying today. It leaves him P8 on the grid for tomorrow.

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F1 | Singapore GP | Verstappen disgruntled with his team as certain pole slips away: "I like the critical approach, because when I f*** up they can also tell me that I made a mistake"
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World Championship leader Max Verstappen was livid as pole position slipped away in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Dutchman looked set for pole position on his final attempt by a comfortable margin, but he was forced to abandon it as his team called him into the pits as the RB18 hadn’t enough fuel in it.

Red Bull would have been short of the fuel sample required had he continued with the lap. That would have meant a DSQ and pit lane start.

Most of the qualifying session in Singapore took place in wet conditions. Only in Q3 did all the teams eventually switch to dries. They all used only one set of tyres due to the fact it would take time to get heat in the softs because of damp parts on the circuit. Red Bull ended up miscalculating the amount of fuel needed.

Verstappen had already been on a flier on his penultimate lap, but he was told to abort it as he was rapidly catching Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri in Sector 3. That lap from the Dutchman was also set to be extremely competitive in the fight for pole.

The reigning World Champion gave his thoughts on all of it after the session.

“I think we got a little surprised that we had that extra lap, but you can track that and see it coming so I don’t really understand how that was missed,” stated Verstappen.

“Of course, in hindsight they should have let me finish the lap before that they told me to abort already to make a gap for the last lap.

“Of course, all of this was triggered by Pierre in front of me so I had to make a gap for the final lap because I was getting close to him, but that is not an excuse.

“I can’t see how much fuel is in the car, but we have all the sensors in the world to track these things.

“It’s incredibly frustrating because we had a good car and you could see that already through Q3 the car was really good, of course the conditions are tricky but I like that but the car was also working quite well.”

Verstappen made his feelings very clear on the radio at the end of Q3, saying what the f*** on multiple occasions to express his disgust at what had just happened.

He believes honest analysis of these situations is required to be the very best as every team and driver looks to be perfect.

“I like the critical approach, because when I f*** up they can also tell me that I made a mistake, and I think it should be the other way around as well because that’s how we keep each other heading into the right direction,” the 25-year-old said.

“Because we want to be perfect – we don’t want to be good, we want to be perfect.”

The 31-time Grand Prix has won from P10, P14 and P7 in three of the last four races, and he’ll need another comeback tomorrow to continue his winning run.

Singapore has proven to be a notoriously track to overtake on in the past. Verstappen expects a difficult day tomorrow.

“It’s a bit like Monaco to be honest, you get stuck behind cars, you can’t really pass. We have been to tracks where passing is possible. This one is going to be a bit different, a bit more frustrating, but I know that once I jump in the car I’m going to give it everything I have and try to move forward, but I don’t really see a podium or a win.”

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