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Verstappen anticipating Red Bull podium challenge

Singapore Grand Prix – Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo believe that the Marina Bay Street Circuit presents one of their best race opportunities of the year.

Despite the Red Bull team winning the Austrian Grand Prix, the team haven’t managed to show much front-running pace since their win at the Monaco Grand Prix earlier in the year.

The recent visits to high-power circuits such as Spa-Francorchamps and Monza haven’t helped their cause, and they’ve had to rely on difficult races for Mercedes and Ferrari to have a chance of claiming podium places.

However, with the tighter Singapore Grand Prix next on the calendar, Red Bull are optimistic about being able to mix with Mercedes and Ferrari and challenge for the podium places.

“I think the whole team is looking forward to Singapore because we know we have a real chance to have a good result there,” said Verstappen. “The race has been a strong one for us in the past and I think we should be able to challenge for a podium this year.

“I really enjoy driving there; the track has a lot of corners and is quite bumpy but it makes it all the more interesting to find a good set-up for the car. The night race and hot temperatures really test you to the limit, for me Singapore is physically the hardest race of the season. I have been preparing for quite a while.

Red Bull have won the event three times (with Sebastian Vettel from 2011 – 2013), but since then haven’t been able to better a second-place finish.

With three second-place finishes in a row, Daniel Ricciardo quipped that he is overdue a win in Singapore:

“It’s a place where I also have good races and finish pretty strong. I’ve had four podiums and three second places in a row there, so it’s about time I win the damn thing.”

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Luke Murphy

As an FIA-accredited motor sport journalist, degree-level Motorsport Engineer and amateur karter, Luke's passion for motor sport is evident. He is one of the editors at FormulaSpy and one of the longest-standing members of the team.

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