Scuderia Toro Rosso pilot Max Verstappen recovered to snatch an 'unbelievable' eighth place finish in the Chinese Grand Prix.
Verstappen had a good start, but lost out in the first corner as he had to take avoiding action after the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen clashed. The Dutchman then lost further time when he pitted under the early safety car, as he had to wait for team-mate Carlos Sainz.
However in the closing stages he managed to get back passed Sainz and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas to ensure he took four championship points.
“A race full of action! At the start, I had a good first reaction but then I wasn't able to keep my position unfortunately. From then on it was very tricky, and the Safety Car didn't help as I lost even more ground with our double pit-stop, which meant I was at the back of the pack…” he recalled.
“But I stayed calm, overtook the rivals one by one and in the end, to cross the line in eighth position is something that if someone had told me at the beginning of the race I wouldn't have believed!
“I also think the team did a great job strategy wise, we were able to charge through the field and score some more points.”
Meanwhile, Sainz also passed Bottas late on and brought his car home in ninth: “I enjoyed it out there today – we had fights with Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, which are the battles we want to be having,” he added.
“A P9 in the end aren't that many points, but it's good to finish with both cars in the top 10 and keep adding to our tally.
“Maybe we could've finished a bit higher up, but we lost a lot of time behind Force India in the pit-lane during the first pit-stop… Overall, it was good fun out there, we were able to do a lot of overtakes and our pace was decent.
“I'm now looking forward to the next race!”