Max Verstappen says he is aiming for a top ten finish in the drivers' championship in his rookie Formula 1 season.

The Toro Rosso driver, who turns 18 at the end of the month, made shockwaves when it was announced he was to become the youngest-ever Formula 1 driver in history last year.

Despite concerns Verstappen would be making the step up to F1 too soon, the son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen has silenced his critics with a series of strong performances and is currently the top-placed rookie in the F1 standings.

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Verstappen Jnr says he's determined to finish the season on a high and is aiming for the top ten in the championship.

"It is very nice to see myself in the top ten of course but we will see as it is difficult to maintain it," Verstappen said. "You have to be realistic and the Force India pair are very strong at the moment compared to us. The Lotus car is also performing quite well. We will keep pushing and hopefully by the end of the season we will be in the top ten."

Heading to Singapore Verstappen, who sits 12th in the drivers' championship and four points of Nico Hulkenberg, believes the Marina Bay street circuit will act as Toro Rosso's best opportunity for another fight towards the front but has ruled out the chances of a podium in his rookie year after coming tantalisingly close in Hungary when he finished fourth.

"Singapore is our best chance of a strong result. Suzuka we can also do something different but for sure Singapore is our main target," he confirmed. "I wouldn't say a podium is realistic. In Hungary I had some luck but I think it was a great example of having to be there when other people make mistakes so we will try to do the same in Singapore."