Max Verstappen said he was "not even close to the limit" during his FP1 debut for Toro Rosso at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Verstappen set a record by becoming the youngest driver ever to take part in a grand prix weekend on Friday morning, and impressed by setting the 12th fastest time, just 0.4s slower than team-mate Daniil Kvyat. And Verstappen said he was pleased with his first appearance even though he was not pushing at all in the car.

"I can't complain really, I enjoyed it a lot and that was the main thing today - just to get experience and make a lot of laps," Verstappen said.

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"I think in general it was more about learning the car, there is quite some difference compared to the 2012 car so I just build it up lap-by-lap and by the end you get used to it. It is always good to drive an F1 car. I was relaxed so I just jumped in and tried to do as many laps as possbile. It is the first time out so it can take some laps - five or six.

"You have the G-Forces and you can't simulate that. That is the main difference. I just did what I had to do. I was not even close to the limit. I was just driving safely without doing any crazy stuff because the main thing was to do plenty of laps.

"The team are happy so that is good."

And Verstappen said the hardest thing for him was to learn all the procedures he has to do in a much more complex car than the F3 car he is used to.

"The biggest challenge was just getting used to the car really. All of the systems you have to get used to. You have to work with the team and all the buttons on the steering wheel are new to me. You have to change some buttons but I was mainly concentrating on driving."