Neale believes that moving from GP3/Formula 3 level to a Grand Prix seat would be a challenging transition for any youngster.
"Stepping up from GP3 into F1 is still a very big step, with the weight of expectation," Autosport.com quotes Neale as saying. "In particular with the transition in technology from this year to next year.
"It has been done successfully historically by exceptional candidates, but Formula 1 is a very high-pressure environment and very unforgiving."
The teenage Russian will take the place of Daniel Ricciardo, who has been named as Red Bull's new driver due to the imminent departure of Mark Webber.