Following a much-improved 2018 campaign, Sauber are chasing best of the rest this season, however, Antonio Giovinazzi admits it is a “really high target”.
Last year Sauber recovered to eighth in the championship.
While that may not seem like much, the team went from scoring five points in 2017 to 48 points a year later.
Added to that they had the fourth fastest car on the grid in the final few races with five top-ten places in the final three qualifying sessions of the year.
Sauber are hoping to pick up where they left off when the new season starts in Melbourne despite fielding an all-new line-up in Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen.
The Italian, though, admits it won’t be easy.
He told RaceFans.net: “I think it will be a really high target for Sauber to be the fourth team.
“Renault is really strong, will be really strong next year also with their drivers.
“So we don’t know yet.
“Next year will be a different car. We’ll see.
“The target for sure is to be the best of the rest but it’s a really high target.
“We will try.”