Carlos Sainz Jr. was left pleased by Toro Rosso's recovery at the Hungarian Grand Prix following a difficult Friday, despite regressing from his grid position.
Sainz Jr. was only 13th during Friday's second practice session but recovered to qualify in sixth place, before being overhauled by McLaren's Fernando Alonso off the line and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen later on.
Sainz Jr. was nonetheless able to take eighth spot for the third successive race as he moved into the top 10 of the championship.
"A solid race from us in Budapest, I’m satisfied with the result," he said.
"I’m pretty pleased with the race, even if Fernando got past us at the start.
"We were able to keep up with McLaren’s pace, something that during the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday didn’t look like we’d be able to do.
"If you would have told me I’d finish P8 after the bad start to the weekend that we had, I wouldn’t have believed it!
"I think we can be very happy and pleased with ourselves – the team did a great job to turn things around and I’d like to thank them for this!"
Team-mate Daniil Kvyat languished in 16th place after encountering an issue at the start, followed by a penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
"Unfortunately, I have to say this was one of the least enjoyable races I’ve experienced for quite a while," he said.
"We had a very poor start – I had too much wheel spin and there was something wrong with the settings – and that sadly defined the rest of our race.
"We lost a few positions, went towards the back of the grid and from then on it was very hard to recover and move forward."