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Radio fury for Max Verstappen in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix

Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen gave Red Bull an outburst of fury on the radio after the team told him to abort his final qualifying lap at the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday and finished eighth.

“Why? Why?” the 25-year-old Dutchman yelled as he was told to pit instead of seeking pole position in a race he needs to win if he is to secure a second championship with five rounds to spare. .

“Wha… what are they saying? Unbelievable, dude. I don’t get it. What… is this about?” Verstappen raged, swearing on the television broadcast.

His race engineer replied that they would explain everything in private.

Verstappen was still frustrated afterwards, telling Sky Sports television that there would not have been enough fuel in the car to provide a mandatory post-qualifying sample had he not aborted the lap.

“On the last lap they told me to box and then I realized what was going to happen and we ran out of fuel. That’s incredibly frustrating and it shouldn’t happen,” he said.

“We should have seen it sooner. I’m not happy at all at the moment. I know of course it’s always a team effort and I can make mistakes and the team can make mistakes, but it’s never acceptable.”

“Of course you learn from it, but this is really bad, to be honest. It shouldn’t happen.”

Verstappen has his first shot at the title in Sunday’s race, but he must score 22 more points than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who starts from pole at a circuit where overtaking is difficult.

He must also score 13 more points than Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, who starts on the front row with victory in mind.

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