Carlos Sainz's mid-season F1 reflections echo his post-Hungarian Grand Prix mood, even if he admits that he is doing better than he expected in his first year in the top flight.

The Spanish rookie left the Hungaroring last Sunday frustrated at a third straight DNF when headed for almost certain points - a irritation heightened by the fact that Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen went on to finish fourth overall - and his assessment of the first ten races tempers satisfaction in a campaign he insists is better than expected with the knowledge that it could have been better still.

"I think it has been a positive start to the season and I can say I am more or less where I expected to be in F1, maybe a tiny bit better," he conceded, "You never expect to do a P5 in your home race and some of the [other] strong qualifying I've had this year. I'm pretty happy."

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While his Saturday performances provide some satisfaction, however, Sainz is less content with Sunday, where points in Australia, Malaysia, Spain and Monaco were interspersed with two non-scores and retirement in Bahrain, before finishing with those back-to-back DNFs in Austria, Britain and Hungary.

"Scuderia Toro Rosso should have more points than it does at the moment - mine and the team's position in the championship don't reflect where we should be. We are here to improve, to show our true potential and where we should be. With all those mechanical failures and two retirements in the points in the last two races - plus a couple more at the beginning - we should be much more ahead then where we are."

Sainz heads into the summer break sitting 16th in the drivers' standings - one place behind countryman and double world champion Fernando Alonso - while team-mate Verstappen's fourth place in Budapest boosted him to eleventh overall, 13 points further ahead.