Carlos Sainz was thrilled to come away from the United States Grand Prix having equalled the best result of his career.
The Spaniard was on target to finish fifth until a late race pass from Compatriot Fernando Alonso dropped him down to fifth.
Nevertheless, the Toro Rosso driver was happy wth the outcome of the race.
"Today’s result is a very special one for myself and the team," said Sainz. "It’s a top, top, top result. What a boost and what a way to motivate the team and keep our heads up until the end of the season."
"I don’t know what this track has, but I just get such a good feeling every time I race here. It’s a weekend I will always remember," he added. "To equal my best result in Formula One makes me very happy, but this P6 is a bit more special than the one in Barcelona because here we didn’t think we really had the car to do so – our simulations before the race said we would only finish in P11 or P12 and here we were, fighting for a P5."
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