Newly-crowned Formula Renault 3.5 champion Carlos Sainz Jr. has spoken of his renewed hopes to join Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2015 in the wake of Daniil Kvyat's move to Red Bull next year.

The Spaniard won the 2014 title at the series' final round in Jerez, becoming the first Red Bull junior to achieve such an accolade. Despite leading the championship since its second round in Aragon, the 20-year-old was overlooked for an initial Toro Rosso seat in favour of teenager Max Verstappen.

Speaking to shortly after securing the title, Sainz admits that his hopes of joining the 2015 grid have not faded as he looks to follow 2013 FR3.5 champion and McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen into F1.

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"I put everything on the table in terms of numbers and results, now I just have to wait," he said. "My dream is to become a Toro Rosso driver. There is no doubt that, after five years in the programme, the first thing I want is to give Red Bull back all they have given me with good results in F1."

Sainz is the Red Bull Junior Team's longest serving recruit and has survived numerous shake ups in the programme. Their junior squad dropped to just three drivers at the start of the year with Verstappen joining in the summer. However, he explains, he does not discuss the possibility of F1 with team bosses.

"I've never spoken to someone at Red Bull about the drive for Toro Rosso," he continues. "I did not know beforehand that they had chosen Max but I prefer it this way, I do not like to speak about it with them."

When asked if a second snub from Toro Rosso would signal the end of his time in the junior programme, the feeder series champion conceded that his relationship with Red Bull would most likely change if he was overlooked again.

"I would have to find my own way and I would have to do things in a different way.

"It is not every year you become a World Series by Renault champion so I have to keep that momentum. If it doesn't come, I will have to do it for myself."

Verstappen, Toro Rosso's only confirmed racer for 2015, will be 17 when he makes his debut next season.

Sainz is believed to be in competition with fellow Red Bull junior driver Alex Lynn for the available Toro Rosso seat, with the British driver now just one point shy of wrapping up the 2014 GP3 Series title.


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If his "dream" is to drive for Toro Rosso, he is not setting his sights very high.