Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says she has a 'good feeling' about Sergey Sirotkin as the young Russian prepares for his first outing in F1 machinery this weekend in Sochi.

The teenager is set to take part in a demonstration event in the Russian city on the first step towards a planned Sauber race seat next year.

The 18-year-old has already paid a visit to the Sauber base at Hinwil to see first hand how the team operates and Kaltenborn said saw plenty of potential in the youngster.

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"We have Sergey Sirotkin under contract and it is our intention that in 2014 he will be one of our drivers," she told the official F1 website. "We are convinced by him: he is a young and talented driver.

"Of course, to say now how he will really do on the track would be mere speculation, but we feel that from the ingredients he brings - and from what everybody could see in Monza - the basis is good. With all this we have a good feeling about preparing him for his super license and then to get him in.

"He is meant to be our race driver."

The deal that is set to see Sirotkin move into a race seat came about after Sauber announced a deal with a series of Russian partners earlier in the year, and Kaltenborn moved to clear up confusion about the deal amidst ongoing speculation surrounding the future of the Swiss squad.

"The situation is that in the summer we announced a partnership with Russian partners," she said. "I know that we did not provide that much information - and that certainly led to a lot of rumours which then took on a life of their own - but we have that partnership, and we feel that it is a partnership which will allow the team - indeed has allowed the team - to start an upward trend again.

"Of course, we knew that with that partnership we are laying a base - and the partnership then gives us the opportunity to work on that base. And that's what we've been doing - step by step - and we have also clarified that funds have been received by the team."