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Verstappen 'realistic' of Saudi Arabian GP chances after 'annoying' Red Bull reliability woe

Verstappen 'realistic' of Saudi Arabian GP chances after 'annoying' Red Bull reliability woe

Verstappen 'realistic' of Saudi Arabian GP chances after 'annoying' Red Bull reliability woe

Verstappen 'realistic' of Saudi Arabian GP chances after 'annoying' Red Bull reliability woe

Max Verstappen is keeping a lid on his expectations for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix following an 'annoying' reliability problem in qualifying.

The Dutchman dropped out of qualifying in Q2 after a transmission problem struck.

Asked if there had been previous issues in this area, Verstappen told Sky Sports: "No, it's the first time I've heard about it as well.

"Coming out of turn 10 it happened, which is very annoying for it to happen. I think we'd, so far, had a really good weekend. Every session was going really well and every time we were on the track, the car was working really well.

"Now, it will be a bit more tricky to get to the front.

"But it is all about scoring points. It's a very long season. Of course, I would have hoped to start a bit further up the road but we cannot change that now."

Verstappen hopes for 'crazy' race

Winning on a street track from 15th is not unheard of with Fernando Alonso previously achieving this in the controversial 2008 Singapore Grand Prix with Renault.

Hoping for a repeat of some of the chaotic scenes that have come to characterise the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Verstappen added: "Anything is possible at this track.

"We have seen a lot of crazy things but also we have to stay a little bit realistic.

"It's going to be tough but we have good pace so for sure, we will move forward."

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