Adrian Sutil says he has been encouraged by the improvements made by Sauber at last weekend's German Grand Prix.
Sutil spun out of the race during the closing laps but he was upbeat, having raced with rivals which had previously been too quick for Sauber.
Sutil has yet to score a point in 2014 but believes Sauber's progress is reason for optimism, ahead of this weekend's race in Hungary.
"It was quite encouraging to have the last race at Hockenheim; we were much closer and finally we could fight again against better teams," he said.
"If you look at it optimistically, there was a little chance for a point. It was much better and the whole weekend in general, we were much closer to the top ten. So I expect a better final half of the season."
Sutil also downplayed rumours that he could be replaced at the team and insists that he will be part of Sauber for at least the remainder of 2014.
"I think half of my career they said ‘Adrian is out’. I’m still here; it’s my 120th Grand Prix. Any more questions?
"I’ll be here for much longer so sorry, but you’ll have to live with my face."