Although Kevin Magnussen concedes McLaren are not where they want to be, the Danish driver is convinced they are moving in the right direction.
Magnussen's debut season in Formula 1 got off to a flying start as the 21-year-old finished second at the season-opening Australian GP.
That, though, has been his only podium result to date.
Since Australia's 18 points, Magnussen has added only 19 more to his tally.
He has, however, scored in four of the last five races as both the Dane and McLaren have shown signs of improvement.
"We're still some way off where we should be, which is McLaren dominating Formula One," he said.
"But we just need to keep doing what we're doing at the moment, which is staying strong, positive and patient.
"For me, I'm on a very steep learning curve, a process of development as a Formula One driver.
"The goal for the next part of the season is to stay on that curve, to keep the development going, and for the team it's not that much different.
"We need to keep developing as we have been doing because we've done a really good job in catching up some of our rivals.
"I know we're not where we want to be but we have closed the gap to some really good competitors, and if we can keep that going then that would be a good plan."
As for his ambitions in the second part of the season, Magnussen says a race win would be a good target.
"I'm not really planning goals for myself. With where we are at the moment our goal should simply be just to win.
"Right now we're not in a position where we can expect to be winning every race, so we need to just have the one goal, which is getting back to winning again.
"Goals like top three or top five are not relevant. Until you win, you just have to get the most out of what you have, out of the situation."