Pascal Wehrlein believes Manor will finish this season inside the points, adamant that top-ten results "can be possible."
Swapping to Mercedes power ahead of this year's champoinship, Manor's progress out on track is noticable.
Although the team has yet to score a single point, Wehrlein has shown pace in the MRT05, finishing P13 at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
That same weekend, the DTM Champion narrowly missed out on a Q2 berth in qualifying as he qualified P16.
And although he was not able to match that performance at the next race in China, he reckons Manor will be fighting for points in the future although probably not at races where all 22 cars finish.
"We can forget Melbourne," he told Motorsport.com. "The last two races, where we are in terms of performance, it was quite similar.
"There are tracks that will suit us better and ones that will suit us worse, but in Australia we were nowhere and the last two races showed our performance.
"Points will be very hard, but they can be possible – and my target is to score points.
"In China it was not possible though, because 22 cars finished the race and that doesn't happen so often."