Scuderia Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost says Max Verstappen was right to ignore a late team order call to swap positions with team-mate Carlos Sainz.

The Dutchman was in the midst of a charge up the order having recovered from being a lap behind when he stalled on the grid, climbing all the way to eighth to apply pressure to seventh place Sergio Perez late on.

Trailed by his team-mate Carlos Sainz, Verstappen was told more than once in the final laps that he must swap position with Sainz as the team felt he had a better chance of getting the better of the Force India driver.

Eliciting an angry response from Verstappen, the youngster proceeded to ignore the order and take eighth at the chequered flag.

Despite this, Tost sided with Verstappen on the matter, admitting Sainz did not go on to show the pace he needed to warrant a change of position.

"At the end of the race, we thought that Carlos would catch Max faster, because he had new Option tyres on, while Max had fitted used Options," he said.

"Therefore, we calculated that Carlos could've had a better chance to attack Perez, but he didn't close the gap to Max well enough to really demonstrate that he could do this, so there was no reason to end up swapping their positions."


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