Charles Pic believes Caterham has 'big potential' for the future and he is confident the team can do well in F1 2013.
Pic signed for the Leafield-based team at the end of November
, just prior to the season ending Brazilian Grand Prix, and the Frenchman has been impressed by his first few visits to the team's base.
“First of all I met everybody and had a look around the factory. Then I spoke with the people that I will work with next year,” the 22-year-old told the official F1 site. “The most important thing now is that I spend time with the team so that I know them better, and they know me better. It's very important that we know each other before we start testing.
“For me the Caterham factory is great. We're doing everything we can to make a good car so now we have to work and start to prepare for next year. I think Caterham has big potential - I'm 100 percent confident of that.
“We just have to work very hard to improve ourselves to be better next year and to take a step forward.”
Pic also rejected suggestions there is any pressure on the team to score its first points in 2013.
“I don't feel it like that,” he added. “Caterham have always been the first of the three 'new' teams so I think what they've produced so far has been good. But for sure we can do better and our target is to do better next year.
“But I don't think we are under pressure. We know where we want to go and that is the most important thing for the team.”
2012 marked Pic's first year at the pinnacle of the sport and while he was pleased with how he did, he knows next year will still be tough.
“I'm very happy about my first season in F1 but I also know that my second season will not be easier because it's never easier, it's just different. My main target is to continue to improve,” explained the former Marussia man.
“Last year it was very good for me to have Timo [Glock] as my team mate because it was my first year and I had a lot to learn. It was really good to be able to have a benchmark. I know I'll have plenty of things to learn in 2013 because I'm convinced that you can't learn everything in one year.
“I would like to adapt faster in different situations. Timo was really good at that, but then he has a lot of experience and I'm sure that helped.
“But I had so many situations in 2012 that were completely new for me - new tracks, new problems that I had to solve that I'd never faced before. In all these new situations I always gave my best, but when I face them again I know I'll be able to do a little bit better.”