Verstappen hoping supersoft start will give him the edge

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Selecting a different strategy compared to their rivals, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will start the Mexican Grand Prix on supersoft tyres.

The youngster put in a valiant effort during qualifying, ended Q2 on top of the timesheets.

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

The teenager reckons that if he can get a good start then it will change the dynamic of the race and put the Austrian-based outfit in the mix 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."

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

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