Marcus Ericsson says he and Caterham are as prepared as possible ahead of next weekend's Australian Grand Prix.
Ericsson will make his Formula 1 debut in Australia next weekend while Caterham is still searching for its first point in the sport.
"I cannot wait for it all to start in Australia. It will be my first ever Formula 1 race weekend as a race driver and I’m so excited about my debut season in F1 starting," he said. "I’ve been working for this chance since I started racing, and now it’s finally coming true, thanks to all the people who’ve supported me, and to the team for giving me this chance."
"We’ve done everything we can to prepare, but, honestly, I don’t think you can ever prepare for what it’ll feel like in the car, sitting on the grid as the lights go out in my debut race – however, that feeling will go very quickly and I know I’m ready to race."
Ericsson admits that his pre-season campaign was challenging but reckons Caterham is well placed ahead of next weekend's opener.
"The pre-season tests were tough, but at the end of them we’d got through most of what we planned, so there shouldn’t be too many surprises in Melbourne.
"By the end of the tests our reliability was best of the Renault teams and we ran through a race sim, including the formation lap procedure, starts and pitstops, so with the mileage we completed in both Bahrain tests, we’re as ready as we can be.
"I’ve also been back at the factory since leaving Bahrain and been driving the Melbourne track on the sim which means it’ll only take a lap or two for me to get up to speed when we’re there."
The Swedish racer also believes that fuel and energy management across the 58 lap race will be crucial.
"What we do know is that in the race itself fuel and energy management strategies are going to be critical, so I’m glad we were able to work on them with Renault as much as we did in the tests.
"It might well be confusing for the fans, a bit [like] watching drivers manage tyres was for the first half of last year, but it will all be clear when the chequered flag falls."