Carlos Sainz Jr. will race for Toro Rosso in 2015, the team has confirmed.
Sainz, the son of former world rally champion, will partner Red Bull prodigy Max Verstappen at the Italian team in 2015.
The Spaniard, who tested for Red Bull earlier this week in Abu Dhabi, will replace Jean Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso, after the Frenchman confirmed his exit from the team on Wednesday, after three years with the Faenza-based squad.
“I am really happy to have landed the drive with Scuderia Toro Rosso,” said Sainz, who became the first Red Bull backed junior to win the Formula Renault 3.5 championship earlier this season.
“Ever since I have been part of Red Bull’s Young Driver Programme, this has been my aim and I want to thank Red Bull for putting their faith in me.
“I have had a very successful season in World Series by Renault this year and now I am looking forward to taking the step up to Formula 1.
“I tested for a day with Toro Rosso last year and I liked the atmosphere in the team.
“In the next few months I will be working hard on my preparation, ready to get in the cockpit in Jerez for the first test of next year,” he added.
“It will be nice to make my “official” debut as a Formula 1 driver in my home country!”
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost added: “With Carlos Sainz joining Max Verstappen in our driver line-up next year, we continue the Toro Rosso tradition of providing youngsters from the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme with their first steps in Formula 1.
“I have watched Carlos [Sainz] progress through the junior categories, always improving as he moved higher up the ladder, culminating in a well-deserved win in this year’s World Series.
“However, I also remember the day’s testing he did with us at Silverstone in 2013 in the STR8.
“He really surprised me and his engineers that day, with his mature approach and his speed.”
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