Sauber has revealed that it is planning a big upgrade to its Formula 1 car for the Singapore Grand Prix, which should help it capitalise on an engine boost coming after the summer break.
The Hinwil-based team is currently seventh in the constructors' championship standings, but has not scored any points since the Monaco Grand Prix in May.
It hopes, however, that a switch to Ferrari's upgraded engine for the Belgian Grand Prix should deliver it a good step forward, with the later car tweak hopefully pushing it back to regularly fighting for points as it did at the start of the campaign.
Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said she believed the team could rediscover the kind of form it had delivered in recent campaigns, prior to its nightmare 2014 season.
"We are coming close to where we belong in the sport and where we have traditionally been," she told Motorsport.com.
"We have a far more competitive package compared to last year. A lot has to do with the chassis and the power train, where our engine supplier has made a big step compared to last year.
"Keeping up development pace is not going to be easy, but we are introducing around Singapore a bigger upgrade.
"And before that will come an upgrade on the engine side too, so I am confident we can do something this season."
Kaltenborn was speaking to Luis Ramirez