Adrian Sutil believes the new Formula One regulations will give teams at the back of the grid an opportunity to shock the sport's big spenders at the start of the 2014 season.
Amidst several aerodynamic regulation changes and a move away from V8 engines means all the teams are furiously developing their cars for the 2014 season ahead of the start of winter testing at the end of January.
"2014 will be a different season to what we are used to - new engines, very different tyres, and the car in general will be different to drive," the new Sauber recruit said during video interview released by the Zurich-based team.
"It's a new era in Formula One. For us drivers it's interesting to have something new, to have changes in the sport so it never gets boring.
"There are chances at the first few races to get it right or maybe mess it up.
"I see big chances for smaller teams to reach exceptional results at the early races.
"Maybe a podium is in reach, you never know."
The 30-year-old Sutil was a member of the Force India squad that moved up the F1 pecking order during the previous set of rules changes in 2009, and the German believes 2014 will provide a similar opportunity for the teams at the back end of the grid.
"At the moment we have the normal teams at the front and the others in the back so it's all pretty well-sorted," he added.
"I think a rule change is good to mix the field up again. There will be a mix of teams [at the front], probably some that didn't expect to be there.
"I'm looking forward to it. It will be very exciting."