Verstappen hoping supersoft start will give him the edge

Date published: October 29 2016

Selecting a different strategy compared to their rivals, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will start the Mexican Grand Prix on supersoft tyres after he qualified P3 during Saturday’s qualifying session.

The youngster put in a valiant effort during the qualifiers, as he ended Q2 on top of the times.

However, as Q3 got underway, Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg pipped him and qualified P1 and P2 respectively, leaving Verstappen to settle for P3 on the starting grid, something he is not too worried about.

The teenager reckons that if they can get a good start then it will change the dynamic of the race and put his Austrian-based outfit in the mix in the battle for victory.

“Generally, qualifying was good, and I’ve had a good feeling with the car all weekend,” said the Red Bull prodigy.

“It was getting better and better, it’s just  a shame in Q3 that we couldn’t get the lap together otherwise I think P2 would definitely have been possible.

“But we’re not too far behind and we have a different strategy for tomorrow as well, so it will be interesting.

“There’s more degradation than with the Soft tyres so it’s up to me and with the car balance to make it last as long as we can.

“But if we get a good start we’ll have some opportunities from there onward.”

His team-mate Daniel Ricciardo qualified P4 and will also start on the supersoft compound.