Toro Rosso has announced Carlos Sainz Jr as Max Verstappen's team-mate for the 2015 season.

Following Jean-Eric Vergne's announcement that he would be leaving Toro Rosso, the team has confirmed Formula Renault 3.5 champion Sainz Jr as his replacement. Alongside Verstappen, Sainz Jr will form an all-new driver line-up for the team and after testing for Red Bull in Abu Dhabi this week says he feels well prepared for the step up.

"I am really happy to have landed the drive with Scuderia Toro Rosso," Sainz Jr said. "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.

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"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. It will be nice to make my "official" debut as a Formula 1 driver in my home country!"

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost says the team has previously been impressed by the 20-year-old's consistency.

"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," Tost said. "I have watched Carlos 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."

2015 will make the first time in Toro Rosso's history that it will start a season with an all-rookie line-up.