Felipe Nasr expects Sauber to be stronger this season and says he would be happy if they can regularly finish in the top-ten.
Nasr scored points in six races last year, beginning his rookie campaign in style with a fifth place finish in the season opener in Australia.
The Brazilian is now looking forward to getting back behind the wheel next weekend in Melbourne - although he thinks the midfield pack will be even closer.
“I expect us to be more competitive than how we ended the year,” he confirmed to Crash.net
when asked about his targets for 2016. “I would be happy if we can score points with more consistency during the year. I think that would be a good aim.”
“So far, it is early days to say something [and say if we have regular midfield potential], but the good signs are there,” he continued.
“But it is also true to say the whole competition this year is much tighter, especially the midfield teams they are all much closer together. That is Formula One. It is competitive. We need to see where we are going to find ourselves.”
Meanwhile, Nasr also added that he expects this year's car – the Sauber C35 – to suit him better as it has been designed around both him and team-mate, Marcus Ericsson.
“I think that is the good thing when you continue working with a team for a second season. It does mean myself and Marcus, we both have our input [in the cars development]. For example, the brakes, were quite a big issue for me last season, when I had them overheating and it is one area that has been improved just because we knew how important it was from my side and the driving side, the performance side, it was something to be improved,” he explained.
“Not only that, the whole building of the car - the concept of the car, the direction, the things you say, the car is unstable here and difficult to drive here, over the kerbs, the response, whatever, you have more freedom to work on these areas. Whereas when you arrive at a team that is what you have got and that is what you have to drive.
“So, this year is a bit different than what it was last year.”