Carlos Sainz Jr 'shocked by Max Verstappen move'

Max Verstappen of Netherlands, who will drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso next season, looks on in the paddock before watching the action in the Scuderia Toro Rosso garage during practice ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Augu
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Carlos Sainz Jr admits that he was surprise at missing out on a drive with Toro Rosso to Max Verstappen.

Carlos Sainz Jr has said that losing out on a drive with Toro Rosso to teenager Max Verstappen was "a shock".

The Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader had been heavily linked with the seat, often seen as a stepping stone for drivers on the Red Bull development programme.

However, Sainz Jr was overlooked in favour of the 16-year-old Dutchman, who is only in his first season in single-seater racing, and the Spaniard struggled to contain his surprise at the decision.

He told Crash.net: "It was a shock. I just need to focus on myself and win the championship to prove to all the people who think I am not good enough, that I can be the first Red Bull junior to win the championship and youngest ever too.

"It was a big surprise for me. It was unexpected, especially when you are leading a championship but these things happen.

"I would not be in this championship if was not for Red Bull so I am thankful for that. It is a tricky situation."

Verstappen will partner Daniil Kvyat when he becomes F1's youngest driver in history next season.

Max Verstappen of Netherlands, who will drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso next season, looks on in the paddock before watching the action in the Scuderia Toro Rosso garage during practice ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Augu
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TeamPoints
1Mercedes357
2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0
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