Daniil Kvyat described his first grand prix as "intense" after becoming Formula 1's youngest ever points scorer on his debut in Australian Grand Prix.
The Toro Rosso driver overtook Sebastian Vettel as the youngest driver to score a world championship point by finishing 10th in Melbourne, right behind team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, aged 19 years, 10 months and 11 days.
"It was a very intense afternoon and finishing my first race with a point is a great feeling," he said.
"It was a fantastic first grand prix weekend with the team. Everyone worked really hard and scoring a point was a great way to end it.
"We had a really close battle with JEV, but in the end we had to postpone it because we were a little bit short on fuel. It was a really good race, I enjoyed it, and great job from the team.
Kvyat added that one of the toughest aspects of his debut grand prix was the length of the race.
"It was a really long race. The longest race I'd ever had was 35 minutes, and this was one and a half hours. I knew it was going to be long, and I finished my drink early on, so it was quite tough over the last laps. But anyway, it was good."
Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost heaped praise on his rookie post-race, suggesting that it would not be the last point the young Russian scores.
"I'm very happy for Daniil, who has just become the youngest driver to score a point in his first ever Formula 1 race. This is very promising and I'm convinced that this is the first of a long series."