Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn concedes "something went wrong" this season but is confident that her team is working its way up.
Last season Sauber impressed many in the paddock as the team fought a few races up at the front, securing four podium finishes.
It was Sauber's best showing in the Constructors' Championship since Peter Sauber bought his F1 team back from BMW.
And on the back of that, the team had hoped for even better this season.
That, however, has not materialised.
Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez have struggled in their C32 while financial issues has curbed the team's rate of progress leaving Sauber down in eighth place with just seven points.
Kaltenborn, though, is confident that the team's fortunes are on the up.
"It's been a disappointing first half because we clearly came here with high expectations which were based on last year's performance and in view of the changes from last year to this year I think we had good reason to believe that," the team boss told ESPNF1.
"Somewhere went wrong, we've seen the result now and now we're working our way up again slowly but surely."
Pressed as to what goals Sauber have now set for this year's Championship, Kaltenborn said: "We're in the middle of a season right now and you should not underestimate any team.
"Last year it looked like we were a safe bet for sixth position and we were going for the fifth and eventually at the last race it wasn't even sure where we were, so I think we should really be prepared that until the end nothing is really decided in this part of the Championship."