Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is confident he can pull off a podium in this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
The Dutchman revealed his beliefs in a statement just after his fifth-place finish at the Italian Grand Prix.
“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,” Verstappen said.
Red Bull has finished runner-up in every race at Marina Bay since 2014. In 2013, they won it.
Verstappen said the whole team was looking forward to the upcoming weekend, “because we know we have a real chance to have a good result there.”
Marina Bay hasn’t always been kind to Verstappen, though. In 2017, he was involved in the infamous first-lap crash that also eliminated both Ferrari drivers.
Verstappen has never finished higher than sixth in Singapore, but, still, he admitted to enjoying the 5.063km street circuit.
“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,” he said.
Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo has finished the race in second for the last three runnings.
“It’s about time I win the damn thing,” he said.
Verstappen and Ricciardo currently sit fifth and sixth in the World Drivers Championship, respectively.
The team hasn’t had a double-points finish since the French Grand Prix in June.