Max Verstappen was confused over the team radio when discussing George Russell’s final-lap Singapore Grand Prix crash with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.
Russell was challenging Lando Norris for second place on the final lap of the race when he clipped the outside wall on the run down to turn ten, causing major damage to his W14 and taking himself out of the race.
The British driver was furious with himself for throwing away a guaranteed podium finish with the man from King’s Lynn still waiting for his first points on the streets of Singapore.
Verstappen spoke over the radio to enquire about the incident, asking “So by whom did he go into the barrier?” His team principal responded: “On his own,” to which Verstappen replied: “Oh… ok.”
The reigning world champion was a beneficiary of Russell’s final lap crash, gaining another position as he climbed from the bottom end of the grid to rescue a fifth-place finish.
Verstappen wasn’t too downbeat about his weekend, despite watching on helplessly as his ten-race winning streak came to an end with a whimper. He told Sky Sports F1: “We had some bad luck with the Safety Cars as well.
“The first one was at the wrong point and also the second one came at the wrong point for us. So [it was] a bit of a shame. I had fun in the second stint. We were quite quick on the medium compound.”
The same cannot be said for Russell, who was visibly emotional and devastated after throwing away a top-three result. Speaking to Sky Sports F1 about his race, he said: “No words to be honest. Such a long, physical race. Difficult to keep concentration.
“Carlos [Sainz] did a great job backing the pack up, not allowing us to do the alternative strategy. I think we were half a car’s length from winning the race had I got past Lando when I had the opportunity, I think we would have been able to get past Carlos.
“Then just the last lap, a millimetre lapse of concentration and game over. So just sorry to the whole team. It was a really challenging race, the tyres were dropping off and you are pushing the limits. That’s how racing should be, you make a small mistake and you are bitten for it.”