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Max Verstappen 'overwhelmed' with fourth in Hungary

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Max Verstappen said he was "overwhelmed" with fourth place at the Hungarian Grand Prix - the best result of his young Formula One career.

Verstappen convinced himself his chances of a strong race were over after colliding with Valterri Bottas following the safety car restart, an incident which damaged his front wing. However with chaos ensuing around him in the closing stages Verstappen soon found himself fourth position, something he could not believe at the time.

"I'm incredibly happy, to finish P4 is an incredible result," Verstappen said. "I think my second stint was quite good and then with the safety car restart a lot of people in front me were touching each other, I even had a touch with Valterri. I destroyed my front wing and I even had to serve a drive through penalty and from there on I thought my race was over.

"But then with five laps to go I asked my engineer for which position are we were racing and he said P4 and I was like 'where did that come from?'. I still can't believe it."

Verstappen, who entered the sport this year aged 17, admits he was speechless when he crossed the line one place off the podium.

"I was so happy and even after the finish line I couldn't express my feelings because I was really overwhelmed."

The result is Toro Rosso's best since Sebastian Vettel finished fourth at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, his final race before stepping up to Red Bull. It makes Verstappen the youngest driver to finish in the top four of a grand prix.