Max Verstappen admits he is surprised to be leaving the Austrian Grand Prix with only his second top ten finish of the season after putting in a fighting drive to eighth place.

The young Dutchman had expected the Red Bull Ring to be one of Toro Rosso's tougher circuits, but he never once strayed outside the top ten in practice or qualifying and would proceed to replicate as much in the race.

Getting as high as sixth in the opening stages, though Verstappen would lose out to Valtteri Bottas before the first pit-stops, he would spend the final laps under pressure from Pastor Maldonado on super-soft tyres.

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Eventually losing the position with two laps remaining after running wide at turn one, Verstappen was still pleased to get four crucial points on the board, particularly as he hasn't scored since round two in Malaysia.

"Even with the loss of a position at the end, it was very positive! We didn't expect to score an eighth position here, or even points, but the car was handling very well the whole race. On the straights we weren't so fast, but we can be happy with P8."

Indeed, Verstappen speculates he would have landed seventh place had he not lost time behind a struggling Daniil Kvyat earlier in the race, a frustration compounded by the fact Toro Rosso drivers often move out the way of Red Bull drivers in the interests of strategy.

"It was a shame with Kvyat because we lost a few seconds, the ones we needed to secure P7, but these things happen. Normally if it is the other way around we don't make it too difficult for each other."