Kamui Kobayashi reckons Caterham can compete with a couple of teams ahead of them after he finished in 13th place in the Malaysian Grand Prix.
While Kobayashi only beat team-mate Marcus Ericsson and Marussia's Max Chilton, the Japanese racer battled during the race with several rival teams, including Sauber and Lotus.
"13th in our second race of the season is a very good result for the team, especially after such a bad weekend until the race! I had a great start, and no brake problems this time going into turn one, and by the end of the first lap I was up to 16th, running at the same pace as [Adrian] Sutil just ahead and with the car performing much better than it had all weekend," he said.
"[The result] in Malaysia puts us back in tenth in the championship and gives everyone the sort of boost we needed.
"There’s still a huge amount of work to do and a lot of today was new for me – that was the first time I’ve driven the car on full tanks on these tyres and we obviously have to keep putting more performance on the car so we can really fight one or two of the teams ahead. That looks like it’s a realistic target at this stage, but for now, focusing on today, finally we’ve had a good day and we should be happy about that."