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Max Verstappen

Verstappen rules out win chances after nightmare Singapore GP qualifying

Max Verstappen was eliminated from qualifying in Q2 on a torrid night for Red Bull in Singapore.

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Max Verstappen has appeared to rule out his chances of winning the Singapore Grand Prix after Red Bull's implosion during qualifying.

Both Verstappen and Sergio Perez were dumped in Q2 at Marina Bay, with Verstappen also facing two investigations for impeding drivers through the session, including by stopping in the pit-lane exit and against Yuki Tsunoda.

At best, he will start 11th, although is likely to fall down the field once any penalties are applied to the World Champion - whose chances of extending his run of 10 straight wins looks in danger.

Verstappen not expecting recovery drive

When asked by media including RacingNews365, if he could still win the race, Verstappen replied: "You can forget about that.

"In general, normally our car is always a bit better on tyre degradation, maybe to some people around us, but I don't think that matters a lot in Singapore where it's very hard to pass.

"You need to be one and a half, two, three seconds faster, which we're not clearly, also now with the car performance and balance we have.

"It will be a very tough long afternoon."

Verstappen also detailed how his night unravelled in Singapore.

"I think this morning, FP3 was better,” he said.

"We made some good progress. It was, of course, still not where we wanted it to be.

"It was looking like something [good]. But then we made a few more changes, which we thought the set-up would allow, the car would allow.

"We got into qualifying and the first big problem I had was that I couldn't brake late and hard because I would bottom out and it would unload the front tyres.

"On the street circuits, that is something which is very crucial, to be confident on the brakes and attack the corners. I couldn't do that.

"Besides that, also just the low-speed corners, where I think we have been struggling already the whole weekend."

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