Max Verstappen: “It was a very enjoyable race”

Max Verstappen enjoyed his first Brazilian Grand Prix, but admitted he was slightly disappointed to only finish the race in tenth, although this became ninth following Felipe Massa’s disqualification.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver was responsible for some of the more memorable moments of the Grand Prix at Interlagos, including an excellent manoeuvre around the outside of turn one and onto the inside turn two on the Sahara Force India of Sergio Perez, but bemoaned the lack of straight-line speed that left him vulnerable to attack from behind.

“It was a very enjoyable race!” revealed Verstappen. “Of course, you always want to score more points, but we have to be realistic and a P10 was the maximum we could do today.

“On the straights we were slow and it’s very difficult to defend position with a Lotus or a Force India unfortunately, but to add another point is always good. I enjoyed it out there this afternoon – I managed to do some good overtakes, especially at Turn 1!

“There were some good battles, I was attacking but behind they were also doing the same to me, so I had no rest but it was good fun! I’m happy to finish in the top ten once again.”