Max Verstappen says he is unfazed being part of a rookie line-up alongside Carlos Sainz Jr at Toro Rosso next season.

Sainz Jr was confirmed as Verstappen's team-mate following the Abu Dhabi test, replacing Jean-Eric Vergne. With Daniil Kvyat moving up to Red Bull it marks an all-new driver line-up at Toro Rosso and despite Verstappen having previously said he would like Vergne to have stayed he insisted it won't change how difficult his maiden F1 season is.

"This job is always hard, there is so much to learn and you have to use all your concentration in order to get the best out of the car and of yourself," Verstappen told Crash.net. "At the end, it's not so important who your team mate is, as you have to rely only on yourself."

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Vergne's departure from Toro Rosso highlights the nature of the Red Bull young driver programme, and while acknowledging the pressure he will be under Verstappen said it's not a concern of his.

"Yeah, but always the good ones will survive so I'm not really worried about it. I think in a few years if I won't still be there then I can only blame myself. But hopefully it won't go that way."