Max Verstappen says changes to his Red Bull’s set-up for the second free practice session in Abu Dhabi failed to work and ‘killed’ his pace in the twisty sectors.

The Red Bull driver ended FP2 down in sixth place, behind all of his front-running rivals, with his fastest lap over a second slower than pace-setter Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen says Red Bull made a step backwards in the second session as he was frequently heard over the team radio complaining of a lack of feel and grip diving into corners.

“I was happy in the first practice, not happy in the second,” Verstappen said. “We will see what we do for tomorrow. We know what we’ve changed on the car and second practice I just didn’t feel happy, couldn’t get the car to turn quickly enough.

“On this track that’s quite killing because of the all sequence of corners we just need to figure out how to get that back into the car tomorrow.”

Verstappen has scored more points than any other F1 driver over the final five races of the 2017 campaign to show Red Bull’s upturn in form after a difficult start with the new regulations at the start of the season combined with power unit issues on the Dutch driver’s side of the garage.



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