Verstappen hails ‘great result’


Max Verstappen admits he couldn't believe it when his engineer told him he was running in P4 during the closing stages of the Hungarian GP.

The Toro Rosso rookie had been solid all weekend at the Hungaroring and he started P9 on the grid, but while it was an eventful Sunday for most drivers, Verstappen found himself running just inside the points during the latter half of the race.

However, quite a few drivers were involved in accidents during the closing stages and Verstappen suddenly found himself in P4. The drama wasn't done though as the teenager was given a drive-through penalty for speeding under the Safety Car.

Yet, he managed to hang onto fourth place, his best-ever finish in Formula 1.

"Unbelievable, a P4! What a great result, I have no words!" the Dutch youngster said. "I didn’t expect that at all after a bit of a bad start.

"However I managed to stay out of trouble and during my second stint everything was going well, I felt comfortable in the car and the guys behind me were not catching me up.

"When the race restarted after the Safety Car period there was a lot going on, with cars crashing in front of me… I also damaged my front-wing a bit and was given a drive-through penalty.

"So with a few laps to go I was asking my engineer in what position we were in, and when he said P4 I just couldn’t believe it! I’m very, very happy today. I’d like to thank the team, they are a great support and they deserve this result, I couldn’t have done it without them!"