Sergey Sirotkin knows he still has a lot of to learn in Formula One, but he is confident he will be ready to make the step up next year.
The teenager joined Sauber's development programme last week with the view of promoting him to a race seat in 2014. The deal formed part of a sponsorship agreement that was signed with three Russian companies.
At the age of 17, it is no surprise that Sirotkin's motorsport experience is pretty limited with his current stint in the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship his highest level of competition.
"At the moment, maybe I am a little bit too young, but that doesn't mean I cannot be ready," he is quoted as saying by Autosport.
"I have more than half a year to learn, I am doing a good preparation programme - and I can be ready. I don't think it is going to be a big problem."
The opportunity to compete in Formula One doesn't come around every day, especially if you are still in your teens, and Sirotkin was never going to turn it down.
"The chance to be a Formula 1 driver is not something you can have every day," he said.
"Okay, maybe spending one more year in World Series, I could be more ready, but after one more year maybe there is no chance for me to be a Formula 1 driver.
"I don't think that someone in my place could say 'No, I want to stay in World Series'."
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