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.”

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold