Carlos Sainz says he is excited to begin his Formula 1 career starting this weekend with Toro Rosso at the first race of 2015 in Australia.

12 months ago the Spaniard was preparing for the Formula Renault 3.5 season with DAMS, where he would go on to claim the drivers' title. Now with Formula 1 team Toro Rosso, Sainz is gearing up for his first Australian Grand Prix.

The Spanish rookie has never raced around Albert Park and accepts it will be a difficult challenge to be competitive from the off but the 20-year-old is relishing that task.

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"I have never been to Australia, so I am really looking forward to my first visit to the country and to Melbourne," Sainz said. "I have never seen the track before, which is partly a street circuit, so, as a newcomer, I think it is likely to be tough.

"It will also be the biggest time change I have ever experienced, so I will be heading out there nice and early to deal with any potential jet lag. Overall, I am really excited about these new experiences, particularly the fact it will be my first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix."

Both Toro Rosso drivers are set to make their Formula 1 debuts this weekend in Melbourne as Sainz will be joined by fellow rookie and team-mate Max Verstappen.

The Toro Rosso pair are not the only drivers for their first Australian Grand Prix, with Manor duo Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi making their Melbourne debuts. Sauber's Felipe Nasr is also expected to make his first appearance but the driver line-up at the Swiss team has been thrown into peril due to Giedo van der Garde's legal case.