Sergey Sirotkin insists he's not feeling any pressure ahead of his pending move into Formula One.
The 18-year-old Russian is expected to take a race-seat at Sauber next season after a group of Russian backers invested in the team.
And although Sirotkin's F1 experience is limited to a demo run on the unfinished Sochi circuit, he's confident he will be ready when the time comes.
"I don't feel any pressure, it was the opposite," he told Crash.net.
"I have enjoyed learning about the higher stages of motor racing. I am proving a lot that I am stronger in myself as a driver.
"Our preparation programme has just started so I am not quite ready but by the time the first race comes, I will be ready, I know that. There is nothing I am afraid of; I am looking forward to it.
"It's a bit different driving an F1 car. I need to get used to the power steering. It took a bit of time but we were happy with our lap times at Sochi. The minimum speeds in the corner are very similar to my current car.
"The step that needs to be made is not surprising, it is to be expected like any other championship."
Sirotkin's arrival, though, won't be coming on the back of a great season in Formula Renault 3.5 as he only manged ninth in the Championship with his year ending with a hat-trick of DNFs.
"This was the worst season of my life; I was very unlucky. Every time I would say, 'tomorrow next time', we always say this but it never comes.
"Unfortunately I am really unhappy with it. We had some very bright races but so many bad things happen.
"We are really not happy. I am very much disappointed. We thought it could be good. It's all been bad luck."