Max Verstappen was left feeling "super annoyed" after missing out on pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix by just 0.085 seconds in the final stage of Formula 1 qualifying on Saturday.

The 20-year-old dominated in Q2 and was on provisional pole in Q3, only for Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to go faster still when the Red Bull racer failed to improve with his final lap time.

Asked how he felt about starting second place on the grid - four places ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo - Verstappen said: "I'm super annoyed."

"I don't know what it was. Well actually in Q3 it just got a bit more difficult, couldn't get the tyres to work and of course second is good but not in this way.

"I gave it all today, unfortunately it just wasn't enough. I really wanted that pole position but at least we start in a good position."

Verstappen repeatedly asked on the radio about correcting grip, trying to maximise his lap and overcome a problem that his teammate also mentioned. The Red Bull cars carry high downforce, which is essential for Mexico but also creates a challenging situation to turn tyres on, due to the low pressure at such high altitude which affects tyre temperature.

However, Verstappen's result was thrown into doubt when the stewards confirmed after qualifying they would be investigating the Dutchman for appearing to impede Valtteri Bottas at the start of Q3.

"There is no incident for me. He outbrakes himself in the next corner," Verstappen said bluntly after qualifying.

"I was on the inside, I didn’t hold him up. he can think what he wants.

"I was already past the point where you go to the right. I don’t see an incident."

 

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