Sebastian Vettel has targeted second place in the championship behind Lewis Hamilton and believes that Ferrari is no longer the 'underdog' after an improved 2015 campaign.
Vettel and Ferrari both struggled in 2014 but the partnership has taken three victories in 2015, with the German four points ahead of Nico Rosberg in the battle for the runner-up spot behind champion Hamilton.
Neither Vettel nor Ferrari claimed a race win in 2014 and the four-time champion reckons they have exceeded expectations in 2015 and should not be viewed as underdogs for 2016.
"We probably surprised a lot of people and we exceeded our expectations as well, so it was all in all positive so far," he said.
"Unfortunately, the first place is out of reach, and second is better than third, then we try to go for second!
"I don’t consider myself the underdog, I know that we are not the favorite, but I think that from the beginning of the season we have shown that we’re not somewhere in the midfield.
"If we get our act together, then we have a good chance to finish on the podium on a regular basis. I think that is what we’ve achieved so far.
"I think overall this season has been different from last year. Obviously it was a completely new situation for me, to start with a new team: joining Ferrari has been a great experience so far, but we also know where we want to go and where we want to be in the future.
"So there’s still a lot of work ahead of us and certainly we would be happier if people wouldn’t call us the underdog, but the favourite in the future."