Max Verstappen blames setup changes for the reason why Red Bull's pace from Singapore practice is "unrepresentative." The Red Bull driver only completed a total of 28 laps over the course of both practice sessions, six of which were done in FP2. Despite going fourth quickest in the second session, he was left waiting in the garage for most of it while setup changes had to be made. After completing a handful of laps midway through the session on the Hard tyre, he elected to go back into the pits for further changes. This led to him only having enough time for two laps on the Soft tyre towards the end of the session. Verstappen says the team wanted to "try a few things" which took a "bit longer to change" than they anticipated. "I think it started off quite well in FP1, I think the car was working quite well," Verstappen told media. "Then for FP2 we wanted to try few things, but they just took a bit longer to change. We wanted to try something else [later on] and again that took quite a long time to change." "So we couldn't really run a lot, that's why I think it's not really representative to what we what we showed in FP2 two but of course there's a lot of room for improvement."
Loss of time "not the end of the world"
Despite covering less than half a race distance in practice, Verstappen doesn't have any further concerns over the loss of time. "Not really I mean it was just not really having a reference and then with the changes we've made; Were they good? Were they bad? We still need to analyse. "Around here it’s most important that you’re quick over one lap. "We did a little bit of a long run in FP1, so I don’t think it will be the end of the world.”