Max Verstappen says he is considering alternative ways to get around his Toro Rosso's comparatively poor top speed down the 1.2km home straight at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez by adopting a spot of tactical driving.
The Dutchman will start the Mexican Grand Prix from eighth on the grid after describing his qualifying performance as one of the best of his rookie season, Verstappen achieving the feat despite being significantly down on top speed compared with the cars around him on the grid.
Despite this, Verstappen is determined not to let the deficit count too much against him, saying he is already planning to hang back through the stadium section in an effort to get into slipstream and DRS, giving him a fighting chance to keep other cars behind him.
“You don't want to overtake through Turn 13 because the guy behind you will get DRS activation, then he'll overtake you back on the straight. So I may intentionally stay back.”
Discussing other potential overtaking opportunities, Verstappen isn't ruling out pulling off some scalps into turn one, but he is more optimistic around the slower sections.
“Turn 1 I think, hopefully for us. Turn 4 and from there it will be quite tricky because in turn 12 it's quite a tricky corner and if you lock up there is no run off and the same in turn 13.”