Max Verstappen is celebrating after coming away with a record-breaking fourth place finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix, a feat made all the more remarkable given it was achieved despite being forced to serve a drive-thru penalty.

On a day of drama up and down the F1 field, the 17 year-old endured his own controversial moments when he clipped Valtteri Bottas' - causing the Williams to puncture and leaving himself with damage to the Toro Rosso - before he was forced to serve a drive-thru penalty for speeding behind the safety car.

Despite this, Verstappen remained in the mix by making steady gains up the order as others hit problems, his progress through the field measured by the fact he ended the opening lap down in 13th place.

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A landmark day for the Dutchman, who becomes the youngest driver to score a top five result in F1, though the penalty arguably cost him a shot at even making it to the podium, Verstappen was thrilled to notch up Toro Rosso's best result since the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix.

"I'm incredibly happy, to finish P4 is an incredible result. It was quite tough, especially as my start was quite bad but then I kept focused, I didn't give up at all and I was hunting the people down in front of me.

"I think my second stint was quite good, then a lot of people in front of me were touching each other - I even had a touch with Bottas which destroyed my front wing. I said 'OK from here my race is over'. But at one point I asked my engineer for which position are we racing and he said P4.

"I couldn't believe it. I was so happy and even after the finish line I couldn't express my feelings because I was really overwhelmed."