Toro Rosso’s rookie Max Verstappen finished seventh in Malaysia, setting a new record as the youngest F1 points scorer – one that looks likely to stand for all time given that the superlicence age will be set at 18 next year.
The Dutchman, who is 17 years and 180 days old, had a poor first lap and dropped to 10th by the second tour. Later he had to overcome teammate Carlos Sainz, who finished just a second behind.
“The first few laps were a bit difficult for me, struggling a lot with the brakes and the tyres,” said Verstappen. “After my first stop we went on the hard, and for me it worked much better.
“We could find a good balance with the car, a good rhythm, and suddenly after 15 laps the brakes started to work as well. And from there on I could push and manage the tyres very well.”
Regarding his aggressive pass on Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, through the Turn 1 and 2 sequence, he said: “The car was working great, and you get a lot of confidence from that, and I think that was a very good move.
“I was smiling, that's for sure!”