McLaren junior Nyck De Vries will join DAMS Racing next year for his rookie Formula Renault 3.5 season, it has been announced.

The current Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup title holder will join the reigning champions for post-season testing on Tuesday. The French outfit has won with both Mclaren F1 driver Kevin Magnussen and Red Bull junior Carlos Sainz at the helm in recent years.

Speaking to Crash.net at the ninth and final round of the 2014 season in Jerez, the 19-year-old discussed his upcoming challenge as he prepares to step up to the Formula 1 feeder series after dominating its support category with Koiranen GP.

"It would be the most logical step," he said. "It's really early to say if I can win the title but we will see how we get on in testing."

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De Vries joins a prestigious list of FR2.0 Eurocup alumni - previous winners Stoffel Vandoorne and Pierre Gasly both finished second in their rookie FR3.5 seasons, something the Dutchman insists will not influence his own title battle.

"It doesn't mean much to me, in all honesty," he admitted. It is all about how we make our own progress.

Obviously you can see the different career moves that 2.0 litre drivers have had and what they are achieving, but I will focus on what I'm doing and hopefully I can do well."

As for the part McLaren has played in his success thus far, De Vries was quick to thank the F1 team's Junior Programme for his recent successes. The teenager has been under the guidance of the their driver scheme for the past four years.

"Simply without them, I wouldn't be where I am," he explains. "I have a trainer at McLaren who I see once a month.

"They really are very supportive."

After winning the FR2.0 Eurocup title, De Vries was awarded EUR500,000 by Renault Sport as a contribution to his 2015 budget.