Haas F1 team principal Gunther Steiner feels now the pecking order has settled into the middle chunk of the season his squad can match the pace of Toro Rosso with a productive weekend.
After the American team's sprint start to its maiden F1 campaign, with Romain Grosjean taking three points finishes in the opening four race, it has failed to score points in the past four races.
Having struggled to land a competitive car set-up in Baku it left both Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez off the pace of the competitive midfield.
Despite slipping away from the top ten, Steiner is still confident Haas has the potential to battle for points and picks out Toro Rosso and McLaren as rivals it can match with a competitive set-up at each track with its VF-16.
“I'm happy, if we find the set-up,” Steiner said. “It's clearly the fight now where we place, and you see it, I mean normally we can be there with the McLarens which is pretty good.
“On a good day we can be with Toro Rosso, and the rest are too far ahead. The people behind us in normal circumstances we are fine as well. We need to get to the people ahead of us. If we do a good job we can.”
Haas has fallen to eighth in the F1 world constructors' championship but just two points off of McLaren and 10 points behind Toro Rosso.