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2015-07-27 08:32

AGE IS BUT A NUMBER: Teenager Max Verstappen, F1's youngest driver yet, showed his talent with a fantastic fourth place finish at the Hungaroring. Image: AP / Jorge Guerrero

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Though still two months short of his 18th birthday, Max Verstappen delivered a superb race on Sunday (July 26) to finish fourth from the 2015 Hungarian GP.

Verstappen, Formula 1's youngest driver, has his famous father Jos as chauffeur in the many countries where he is too young to hire a car to the race circuit.

On the Hungaroring, where his father had his best Formula 1 result (12th) for Benetton in 1994, Verstappen proved he deserved his place among the elite.

Verstappen said: "It's unbelievable."

'EVERYTHING WAS GOING WELL'

As it happened: 2015 Hungarian GP

After a poor start that saw him slip from ninth to 13th Verstappen fought back and made the most of other incidents to finish a strong fourth in his Toro Rosso.

Verstappen said: "I didn't expect that at all after a bit of a bad start but I managed to stay out of trouble and during my second stint everything was going well. I felt comfortable in the car and the guys behind me were not catching me.

"Then, when the race re-started (after a pace-car session) there was a lot going on, with cars crashing in front of me.

"I also damaged my front wing a bit and then I was given a drive-through penalty. So, with a few laps to go, I was asking my engineer what position we were in and when he said P4 I just couldn't believe it."

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