Max Verstappen says he is ignoring any talk about his mental strength ahead of his F1 debut in 2015 as he feels it is "bulls**t".

With Daniil Kvyat moving to Red Bull and Verstappen himself already having taken Jean-Eric Vergne's seat, Verstappen is likely to form part of an inexperienced driver line-up at Toro Rosso next season. However, the 17-year-old says he isn't expecting the challenge to be a tough one mentally as it's not an area he gives much credit to.

"I have no problems at all with [mental strength]!" Verstappen told the Toro Rosso website. "I'm really relaxed and I don't want to think about mental stress, or how strong you are mentally because, to be honest, I find it a bit bulls**t."

And Verstappen says he takes confidence ahead of his step up to F1 from how quickly he got up to speed in an F3 car this season.

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"Of course before you jump in the car you don't know what to expect. But after I did a few laps [in the F3 car], I started to feel comfortable. You start to feel the limits a bit. It's completely different to go karts. I mean, the braking pedal, the throttle application, how you sit in the car, the view. That was the main difference really. But from the beginning we were quite fast, so I adapted quite well."


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