Haas team principal Guenther Steiner believes reaching Q3 is an achievable goal for the squad this year, despite the "brutal" nature of Formula 1's midfield.
Haas has yet to make it through to the final shootout session, albeit with the caveat that Romain Grosjean was ninth quickest in Bahrain, when only eight drivers made it through to Q3 under the elimination format.
Steiner's outfit has racked up 28 points to sit eighth in the Constructors' Championship and he is confident that reaching the top 10 on a Saturday afternoon is within Haas' reach.
"I would say it is brutal in the midfield, which is where we are in the standings," he commented.
"We just need to keep putting in a lot of work and making sure the cars are as prepared as possible, the tyres are in the range they need to be, the drivers are hitting their marks perfectly, and that we go out on the racetrack at the right time.
"It ends up being a lot of ingredients that we have to get together, but I think getting to Q3 is achievable.
"We just need to work on all of the above points."
Steiner nonetheless reiterated his belief that Haas has exceeded expectations.
"We probably wouldn’t have thought that we would have 28 points so far in our first season, but we still do wish that we were a little higher up in the standings," he commented.
"We are very close to the teams in front of us and hope that we can keep competing and moving up in the standings. I am very proud of us, though.
"We are doing well for our first season and the team has been working hard to be where we are."