Daniil Kvyat is sure that Red Bull can fight among the leading pack throughout the course of 2016 after an encouraging start to the current campaign.
Red Bull secured four successive titles between 2010 and 2013 but slipped behind Mercedes when Formula 1 introduced new regulations in 2014, before regressing to fourth overall in 2015.
Red Bull has recovered so far this year, with Kvyat finishing in third place in China, bringing Red Bull to within four points of Ferrari in the championship, albeit with both teams adrift of leaders Mercedes.
"At the end of last year the car was behaving itself pretty well," Kvyat said ahead of his home race.
"Over the winter there hasn’t been a revolution, just tidying up here and there, the engine side improved, a step forward, and it was pleasing to see.
"With another step forward we can give a bigger fight to the competitors which are still ahead of us.
"It would be very nice as we developed last year through the season quite nicely and I think if we have a similar rate of improvement we will become a headache for some people."