Felipe Nasr is adamant that it is not critical for Sauber to finish ahead of Manor but says the team has not given up on the goal of scoring points.
Sauber is the only team yet to get off the mark this season as even Manor have scored with Pascal Wehrlein P10 at the Austrian Grand Prix.
This has left the Swiss team down in 11th place in the Constructors’ Championship, a costly position given how F1’s prize money is structured.
Nasr, though, reckons Sauber could yet score in the upcoming Belgium or Italian grands prix.
“Although we are giving this a shot to bring an update package in Spa, there is a lot already focused on the ’17 car, which is sensible considering where we are,” he told Motorsport.com.
“But I still feel, you know, we still have plenty of races to try and score a point, and if we make the car work, perfect.”
Asked if it was ‘critical’ for Sauber to beat Manor, he replied: “I don’t think it’s that critical. But I’m not giving up, the team is not giving up, we do want to score points. We’ll do what we can.”
He added: “We’ve got Spa, Monza… if the package is working, it’ll bring us in a much more profitable situation, to take advantage, it [scoring points] could be anywhere.
“But, for a place that we don’t need as much downforce, maybe Monza.”