Kamui Kobayashi has been pushed out of the Sauber spotlight in recent weeks, but feels that he will be able to maintain the Swiss team's momentum in next weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez's run to second place - and a legitimate shot at taking Sauber's first win as a privateer - elevated the young Mexican to the role of media darling, while Kobayashi failed to add to his Melbourne points haul after being forced into a technically-induced retirement in the final laps of the race.
Nevertheless, with Sauber heading to Shanghai on 'a high' after stronger-than-expected showings at each of the opening two races, and currently sitting fourth in the constructors' standings with 30 points, Kobayashi is confident that he will be battling to add to that tally this weekend.
"I will go there with a positive approach and, after the small break, it will be interesting to see who brings what updates for the cars," he noted, aware that the likes of Force India, Toro Rosso and Williams will not have been resting between races, “I always have a good feeling for this grand prix, and its high speed corners should suit our car."
Having scored in last year's race, bettering the retirement he endured on his Shanghai debut, the Japanese ace is optimistic that conditions in China will also be conducive to another good Sauber showing.
"Last year, the race was great fun and I scored a point after having started 13th," he recalled, "The track temperatures might be lower than recently in Malaysia, as I expect them to be more like they were in Melbourne, and this also should be better for us and the tyres, but we have to see how it is once we are there."