Max Verstappen to replace Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso attends the drivers parade before the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 17, 2013
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Max Verstappen, 16, will become the youngest driver in Formula 1 history in 2015 after Toro Rosso announce that he will replace Jean-Eric Vergne from next season.

Toro Rosso have revealed that 16-year-old Max Verstappen will replace Jean-Eric Vergne from next season.

The agreement means that the Dutchman, who only graduated from karts this year, will become the youngest driver in Formula 1 history when he debuts in 2015.

His performances in the European F3 Championship helped him earn a place on Red Bull's junior programme, and Toro Rosso have now taken the plunge on the teenager, who admits that the news is a "dream come true".

"First of all, I would like to thank Dr Helmut Marko and Red Bull for all their trust and giving me the chance to make my Formula 1 debut in 2015 with Scuderia Toro Rosso," Verstappen said in a statement.

"Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true."

Vergne is 13th in the drivers' rankings, having registered 11 points for Toro Rosso so far in the 2014 campaign.

Daniil Kvyat of Russia prepares to drive the Toro Rosso F1 car during the young drivers test at Silverstone Circuit on July 19, 2013
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TeamPoints
1Mercedes357
2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0