Verstappen targeting podium in Singapore

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.

Max Verstappen celebrates his last podium finish in August’s Belgian Grand Prix.

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.

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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.

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Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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