Max happy with ‘good fights’


Involved in several battles in Austria, Max Verstappen has billed his P8 as a "great result" for the Toro Rosso team.

The rookie driver began Sunday's 71-lap Austrian Grand Prix from seventh place and was quickly in the thick of it.

Battling with Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat and finally Pastor Maldonado – a tussle that saw Verstappen lock up and run wide to hand the position to the Lotus driver – Verstappen brought his STR10 home in eighth place.

It was a good result for the Dutchman as it was only the second top-ten finish of his fledgling F1 career.

He said: "I'm happy with today's race, I think we did everything we could and had some good fights. I enjoyed every lap to be honest!

"The car worked really well and especially the last few laps were quite exciting.

"We were very close to ending in P7, but I'm very happy with P8, it's a great result for the whole team.

"We've learned more about the tyres and I think that the updates we brought are positive, so all in all, everything felt really good in the race today.

"I'm also happy to have finally scored some more points, especially here at the Red Bull Ring."