Jules Bianchi believes that Marussia can move up the Formula 1 grid this season.
Bianchi made his Formula 1 debut for the team in 2013 and achieved a best result of 13th. The team has yet to score a point in four years of Formula 1.
"It has been a very interesting winter preparing for this and I can’t wait to see where we stand versus the competition," said Bianchi.
"The car feels good to drive and, especially in Bahrain last week, we saw a little more of its true potential," he said of the MR03's development during the final pre-season test. "There is a lot of work still to do to start getting the most from it, but I feel quite optimistic about our chances to improve this year.
"It has not been easy for a small team like ours as we do not have the same resources as the bigger teams, but I think we can be proud of the job that we have done in comparison and now I am looking forward to delivering some reward for that hard work. Our first objective for Melbourne is to enjoy a reliable race but I hope we can create some opportunity for ourselves along the way."
Team-mate Max Chilton also continues with the squad for a second campaign and the Brit, who finished all 19 races in 2013, reckons reliability will be key.
"There have been some very positive signs in testing, which lead us to believe that we can have a good season," said Chilton.
"Until we get though the first race it’s difficult to expand on that, but the performance is there and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet. Of course, it would be great if we could match last year’s fantastic reliability record, but that is likely to be a much bigger task this season."