As part of an agreement announced last week by Sauber with three Russian companies who have helped save the Swiss team, 17-year-old Sergey Sirotkin is to be handed a race seat next season.
Sirotkin turns 18 next month but, even then, should he line up on the grid for the opening race of 2014 he will still claim the record as the youngest driver in F1 history by 10 months.
Currently competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, it is fair to say Sirotkin's single-seater career to date is hardly inspiring.
Yet with father Oleg the man behind one of the trio of companies, his son will suddenly find himself catapulted into F1, providing he can initially acquire the necessary superlicence.
Current world champion Sebastian Vettel, who is the youngest to participate in an official practice session at 19 years and 53 days - although did not go on to make his race debut for another 10 months - at least had a strong background prior to making the leap into F1.
And with regards to Sirotkin, Vettel said: "When you are young we are all in the same position - you dream about Formula One and you want to race, no matter what.
"But things can come too early for you. If I look back I was probably just on the edge, but now it is easy to say that.
"Then it took me a while to understand how Formula One works, how the car works and to make sure I was driving the car, that it wasn't driving me.
"Before then I had plenty of experience in single-seater racing, so it wasn't as if I had just left school and started in Formula One.
"It really depends on everybody's background."
Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, who has previously voiced his fear of youngsters in F1, has also questioned Sirotkin's inexperience.
"Looking back when I started out with Minardi, you had the likes of (Mika) Salo, (Eddie) Irvine, the grid was packed with guys who had won in F3000, won a lot of impressive races," said Webber.
"At 18, you can drive the car, for sure, but it's not the optimal point to enter.
"You have to see what they can do in the period they have, but there is not much testing that goes on these days.
"Is he a Kimi (Raikkonen) or a Sebastian, we will find out?"
Lewis Hamilton put Sirotkin's situation into perspective when he said: "I wasn't ready at 18 and I was pretty good at 18."
Kimi Raikkonen added: "I don't see that age will be the problem. It's about experience. He might be ready, he might not. Time will tell."
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