Verstappen hails 'unbelievable' fourth place

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015
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Max Verstappen hailed an 'unbelievable' fourth place for Toro Rosso as he collected the squad's best result in Formula 1 since 2008.

Verstappen dropped back at the start but gradually made progress and survived contact with Williams' Valtteri Bottas to gather 12 points, moving the team up to seventh in the championship.

Verstappen claimed fourth place despite being given a drive through penalty for exceeding the required time limit during the Safety Car period.

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

"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."

Team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr. ran in fifth place but a loss of power left him sliding down the order before he had to retire.

"We could’ve finished in a really good position today if we hadn’t retire," he said.

"We were running in P5 and doing a very good race, but then I ran out of power towards the end of the race and that was the end of that.

"This is now the third race in a row where we were running in the points and we are not able to finish, so I’m not happy with that, but at least today Max was able to score some good points which is great for the team.

"It’s unfortunate that due to some reliability troubles I couldn’t contribute to our points tally today, but I’m not concerned at all about my performance because I know that I was also up there."

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