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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