Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin had his first taste of Formula One when he took part in a demo run at the Sochi International Street Circuit.
The 18-year-old is set to join the Formula One circus next season after Sauber signed a sponsorship deal that includes several Russian backers.
Sirotkin had his first taste of the machinery on Friday, driving a C31 along the 700 meters of tarmac that are already finished a the Sochi circuit.
"These were my first metres in a Formula One car, which obviously is something very special, even though it was only a short part of the Sochi track," said the youngster.
"Nevertheless I was able to gain a first impression, and this was awesome. It was fun to drive in front of such a big crowd, particularly because most of them were compatriots. Russia can be proud of this great track."
Meanwhile, Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said her outfit was "proud to be part of this historic event - a Russian driver drives a Formula One car for the first time at the track in Sochi.
"The show run marks an important milestone in the lead up to the inaugural Russian Formula One Grand Prix, which our team is looking forward to."