Verstappen: Singapore was Red Bull's worst performance
Max Verstappen said the Singapore Grand Prix was Red Bull's worst race for some time, despite managing to sneak onto the podium ahead of both Mercedes.
Red Bull were left frustrated, having expected to challenge Mercedes for victory, only to emerge as the third-fastest team on the grid as Ferrari took pole position and the race win.
Verstappen was able to jump Lewis Hamilton for third place behind race-winner Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, but the Dutchman was as dissatisfied with the result as struggles in Belgium and Italy, which had been expected within Red Bull.
"Not good enough. We came here to win and clearly didn't," Verstappen said.
"I would say it's a little wake-up call. From Austria onwards, it's maybe our worst race in terms of performance, where we expected to be really good.
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"I have a few ideas why it went wrong, so we will analyse all of them and see if we can already be better in Sochi. The layout is not that amazing for us but you can clearly see if the car is working through corners or not.
"I think here, clearly, in too many corners the car was not working like I wanted it to. We'll go home and see what we can do better."
Verstappen had qualified second in Singapore 12 months prior, but could only manage fourth place this time around, limiting his options in the race.
He explained: "I think we pitted at the right time, undercut Lewis, that was very positive and from there onwards it was just about staying alert with the safety car re-starts as well, but I think we managed everything quite well and I think for us after the difficulties we had in qualifying it was still good to be on the podium."
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