After the Haas team claimed consecutive top six finishes at the start of the 2016 season, driver Esteban Gutierrez is hoping to build on that momentum at the Chinese Grand Prix.
Yet to finish a race this season, the young Mexican driver explained that the race in Shanghai will be a wonderful prelude for the rest of the season as teams are getting into the hustle and bustle of the new year.
After the Bahrain GP, Haas revealed that their goal is to score at every race. Although Gutierrez agrees, he added that they still have to keep their feet on the ground and not get too ahead of themselves as their plenty of worthy competition across the grid.
"We still need to manage our expectations because our car at the moment has reacted pretty well in Melbourne and in Bahrain, but we need to learn how it will react now in China," the 24-year-old said.
"I think China will give us a good indication of how the season will be, and also the fact that all the other teams are pushing really hard to develop their car during the season. And as the season advances, it will get more and more competitive, so we need to be ready for that.
"We can still extract more speed and performance from our car, and China gives us an opportunity to do just that.
"The different compounds are directly affecting the car’s balance, and our tyre selection seems to be quite good. I feel very confident in our strategy, and I’m involved in the planning and execution. We are working in a very good way, and we’re able to react quickly to any circumstances that might come during the race."