After topping a wet first practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, both Red Bulls fell behind the Ferraris in FP2, but Max Verstappen believes they can compete in qualifying with some adjustments to the car's setup. 

Verstappen headed up a Red Bull one-two in FP1 before finishing fourth in second practice, struggling to match Sebastian Vettel's headline pace for Ferrari in the dry.

Asked if Red Bull could compete with Ferrari in Malaysia, Verstappen said: “In the dry at the moment not, I think Sebastian was really quick. 

"From our side, especially from my side I was trying quite a few things with the car and it didn’t really work out with the new cars on the supersoft. So I came in again and changed the car.

"You always know that with used tyres it is not fantastic to do a lap but I still improved my lap time by 0.4s.

"So for sure tomorrow it will be better but we still need to improve to beat Ferrari tomorrow.”

After pitting during his first few laps in FP2 with reported understeer, Verstappen was much happier with the balance of the car in the latter part of the session, despite not getting in a long run after Romain Grosjean's crash.

“I’m still happy! I’m a happy person, so we don’t need to split the day, it’s just a positive one," Verstappen said.

"Of course in the dry it could be better but we always knew that it wouldn’t be like Singapore where we were the quickest, so we still need to work hard on the car to improve but it was also not really bad."

He said overnight adjustments could bring them more in line with the pace of Ferrari, after significant improvements during the session.

"We just need to see tonight if we can improve the balance of the car a little bit and then we can see if we can challenge the Ferraris, but they look very competitive," Verstappen said.



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