Felipe Nasr believes Sauber has a strong chance of qualifying inside the top ten once again in the Bahrain Grand Prix after enjoying a 'very good first day'.

With six different teams inside the top eight, the Brazilian set the eighth fastest time in FP2 to emerge as Sauber's leading representative.

Indeed, Nasr - a point-scorer in Australia and China - is impressed with the improvements made to the C34 compared with the Shanghai race less than a week ago

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"It was a very good first day," he said. "I think we did the right anticipation on changes coming from China, knowing we are going to have a car that is good on traction and good on braking. We worked in the right way today, it was pretty good on the short and long runs. Although I felt we didn't extract the maximum on the soft tyre, I still think it was a positive day.

Suggesting the car works better in the cooler night-time conditions, Nasr is setting his sights on reaching Q3 for the second race in succession.

"It is difficult to say right now because I don't think some teams performed the maximum as they should today, but that is a normal Friday. It will be difficult, but if it was today I would say we would get into Q3."