Carlos Sainz Jr says he was unfortunate to miss out on the points but was happy to finish his first Formula 1 Grand Prix after four consecutive failures.

The Toro Rosso driver looked set for a late charge with Daniil Kvyat for the final points position at Monza following Nico Rosberg's retirement two laps from the finish. However, he just missed out after also being hampered by a five-second time penalty for cutting the first chicane and gaining an advantage.

Despite a difficult race weekend Sainz opted to focus on the positives of reaching the chequered flag for the first time since June in the Canadian Grand Prix.

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"I'm pretty happy with today's race, especially with our pace," Sainz said. "We were quick and towards the end of the race I was getting closer and closer to the ones ahead and, even though I didn't manage to catch them, it felt good to know that we were faster.

"There are many positives to take from today: we finally finished a race after four retirements in a row, something I really needed, and enjoyed some good fights.

"It's a shame we didn't get that final point that I think we deserved, but the five-second penalty I had to complete at the beginning of the race wasn't ideal."