Carlos Sainz Jr 'shocked by Max Verstappen move'

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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