Max Verstappen successfully ended Toro Rosso's Bahrain Grand Prix jinx by scoring the team's first-ever points at the BIC last weekend.

Verstappen came through to finish sixth at the chequered flag, passing Felipe Massa in the closing stages, and then hailing the team for doing such a "fantastic job".

His comments were in stark contrast to those he made two weeks ago, when he was a frustrated tenth in Australia.

"I'm very happy with today's result!" Verstappen said. "I think we bounced back very strongly from the first weekend and the whole team did a fantastic job - a great strategy, good pit-stops... It all worked out perfectly, including our tyre management.

"The car was just doing what it had to do and felt good, we had great pace! It was an action-packed race and I really enjoyed it out there.

"To finish P6 is a fantastic way to finish the weekend and I'd like to thank the whole team for their excellent work.

"Also, this is the first time ever that the team scores points here in Bahrain, so I'm very happy to have changed this statistic - as I said before coming here, that was one of my objectives!" he concluded.



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