Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez reckons a top-ten finish is the 'logical next step for him'.

The F1 2013 rookie made it through to the top-ten shootout for the first time in Singapore last weekend, and was running in the points until the closing stages, when he suffered tyre issues. He eventually finished in P12, but despite that remains upbeat.

Indeed he is bullish about his prospects of being able to break his points' duck in one of the final six races.

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"Lately I feel much more confident in the car," he told the official F1 site. "It's not easier, but I am more adapted to it.

"Singapore qualifying demonstrated that I have overcome my glitches there and overall I would say that my races have been quite strong lately [too], starting from Barcelona.

"Driving in the wet has also been pretty strong. I like driving in the wet - I am a fish! It brings extra excitement and holds a lot of opportunities for midfielders, as anything is possible. When the grid suddenly goes topsy-turvy there is a bigger chance to get a better result.

"I have finished the last couple of races in around P12, so the logical next step would be to jump two places and finish tenth.

"One championship point - that would be ticking another box. It will not get me into a position to fight for the championship! But it is a psychological hurdle - just like being in Q3 for the first time. It would mean that I have managed yet another step [forward]."

As for the future and 2014, Gutierrez added that he is not thinking about that at the moment: "One thing I have understood already is that you will never be settled in F1. When you say, 'I am stable,' that means for the next three months, maximum. The rest is a rollercoaster experience and you have to make sure that you have more ups than downs.

"Never overindulge yourself - as this is the surest way out again. Right now I am focused on the moment. Whatever happens in 2014 I will learn soon enough. Until then I want to take my own personal steps in becoming an even more experienced driver," he concluded.