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

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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.”

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.