Verstappen after third poor start in a row: ‘We need to do better’


Max Verstappen has called on Red Bull to help him get his race starts under control after slipping back off the line for the third grand prix in a row on Sunday in Singapore.

Verstappen started from fourth place on the grid at Marina Bay, only to slip down the order off the line and narrowly avoid being taken out by Nico Hulkenberg.

The Dutchman was left to fight back through the race to sixth place at the checkered flag while Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo came within half a second of victory.

Verstappen saw good qualifying results also go to waste in Belgium and Italy, making his Singapore setback the third on the bounce.

“Yeah again, very bad. Not as bad as Monza but still very bad,” Verstappen told NBCSN when asked about his start.

“We need to do better. We have to get the start under control.

“Three times in a row is very disappointing.”

Verstappen’s charge was also hindered when he struggled to pass Daniil Kvyat – the man he replaced at Red Bull earlier this year – during the first stint of the race.

“The start compromised the whole race. Then I got stuck,” Verstappen said.

“If you are behind for 3-4 laps you don’t have any advantage, you’re fighting your own tires.”