Max Verstappen says he feels 'well prepared' for his much anticipated F1 bow as attention on him ramps up ahead of his race debut in Australia.

The Dutchman will become the youngest driver to start an F1 race when he lines up for the Australian Grand Prix aged just 17 years-old and his relative inexperienced has courted much attention coming into 2015.

Speaking at the launch of the new Toro Rosso STR10 in Jerez, Verstappen - who has partaken in a handful of F1 tests and practice sessions with the team - shrugged off suggestions he isn't ready for F1 and says he is looking forward to getting his campaign underway.

"I can't wait for the season to start and tomorrow will seem like a very long day, watching Carlos in the car! With two days in the 2014 car at the Abu Dhabi test and the Friday mornings I did last season, combined with time spent in the simulator, I feel well prepared and I'm really up for this challenge, which is very exciting.

"Six days on track here in Spain and then it will be time to head for Australia and my first Grand Prix, something I have been looking forward to ever since I started karting."

Though Verstappen will be permitted to make his F1 debut in March, his swift promotion has prompted the FIA to step in and introduced revised superlicence rules that will ultimately prevent anyone else from directly emulating his route to F1.

The teenager, however, is unmoved by the scrutiny on his experience and the implemented regulations, simply saying 'rules are rules'.

Verstappen will drive the car on Monday 2nd February, with Sainz driving the car first on Sunday.



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