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During qualifying for the Singapore GP we received a major surprise when both Red Bull drivers were killed in Q2. Immediately after the elimination we heard a frustrated Max Verstappen over the on-board radio and a little later the frustration had not yet subsided.
“It has been a difficult weekend so far and qualifying was even more difficult than expected,” Verstappen reflected after his exit in Q2. “We had adjusted a few things to the car, but that made it even worse than in the third free practice.”
“We have no grip and the car is very difficult to control and brake. Then there is a lack of confidence to push the limits with the car. You definitely don’t want that on a street circuit.”
Verstappen is self-critical, both he and the team have made mistakes. Between the last practice session and qualifying, an attempt was made to improve the car’s set-up, but that turned out wrong.
“We made some bad decisions as a team. Between the third practice and qualifying we adjusted the setup incorrectly and we are now paying the price for that. The race is going to be a difficult one, because overtaking is difficult here.”