Max Verstappen put himself in a strong position to consolidate his top ten in the overall standings after qualifying eighth for the Singapore Grand Prix.

With stablemates Red Bull showing the full potential of its chassis up front, fellow Renault-powered team Toro Rosso have also enjoyed a competitive weekend around the Marina Bay Circuit.

However, while Carlos Sainz ruined his chances with a brush against the wall in Q2, Verstappen made it all the way to Q3 to claim his sixth top ten start of the season. Going on to qualify eighth, the Dutchman is now confident he will be notching up more points come race day.

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"I am pleased. Especially after the last free practice when we were struggling a bit with the rear tyres, I think we turned it around very positively

"You can see Red Bull made a very big step but I think still we managed a very good result. For us the most important thing is to be ahead of our closest competitors and that's what we did today compared to Lotus and Force India."

Less hampered by the limitations of the maligned Renault power unit, Verstappen was pleased to show what could be possible around a more chassis-rewarding venue.

"For the moment it feels like pure track layout," he continued. "You don't have so many straights here; I don't know what Mercedes did, maybe they had to turn down their engines or something but you can see Red Bull is up there. We are not that far away, so I am very happy with that."