Toro Rosso's Franz Tost 'proud' of his young drivers' performances
Max Verstappen becomes the youngest points scorer in F1 history
By William Esler
Last Updated: 21/04/15 3:23pm
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost was “proud” of his two rookie drivers after both finished in the points in Malaysia, with Max Verstappen becoming the youngest points scorer in F1 history.
At just 17 years and 180 days,Verstappen finished seventh in what was only his second race to beat Daniil Kvyat’s record by over two years.
He led home team-mate Carlos Sainz who fought his way through from 15th on the grid to finish eighth.
“To finish in seventh and eighth positions today here in Malaysia was a big success for the team as well as for the drivers because if both Ferraris, Mercedes’ and Williams’ don’t have any problems, this is the best position which we can achieve,” said Tost.
“Therefore, the team showed a very good race performance, of which I’m very proud. We were fast in yesterday’s qualifying session but this was no surprise. Max ended up in an excellent sixth position and I think that also Carlos could have been in the top ten as he certainly had the speed, which he also showed in today’s race.”
Sky Sports F1’s Johnny Herbert was equally impressed with how Verstappen has quickly adapted to the demands of F1.
“What a drive from the youngster and we saw a lot of overtakes, particularly at Turn Four,” he enthused.
“But it is the maturity of the boy that is unbelievable. The skill that you can do in karting because everything happens that bit slower, but to put all that into effect when in Formula 1 is a very different story. To do it at 17 is something else.”