Carlos Sainz says his remarkable run from a pit-lane start to the top ten in the Monaco Grand Prix 'feels like a victory' as he notched up more points for the Toro Rosso team.

The Spaniard had been due to start eighth on the grid for his first F1 race in Monaco, but stewards would punish him for missing the mandatory weighbridge during qualifying by forcing him to start from the pit-lane.

Not expecting to turn it around for points, Sainz nonetheless kept his nose clean, worked the tyre strategy well and benefitted from problems for others - not least his team-mate Max Verstappen - to ascend the order and cross the line in tenth place for the second race in succession.

"What an amazing race, I'm very happy with the result! To start from the pit lane in Monaco, on my debut, and to cross the line in P10 feels like a victory! It was a very good race from the team in terms of strategy and tyre management.

"We worked for it very hard and completed a super long stint on the Soft tyre. This finally paid off and we managed to score a point. I was really enjoying it out there, I was quick and enjoying this unique track, I didn't want the race to end."