Alfa Romeo has set its targets in the "tight" battle for seventh place in the Formula 1 Constructors' Championship.
The Hinwil-based team currently sits in ninth place, two points off Williams and Haas with 10 races left of the season.
It only scored points at three rounds after the summer break last year despite a strong start, ultimately ending the year sixth in the championship.
Outlining Alfa Romeo's plans for the remainder of this term, Head of Trackside Engineering Xevi Pujolar told media, including RacingNews365: "We've got some upgrades in the pipeline on the mechanical side and also on the aero side for the next races after the shutdown.
"We are working on just trying to make sure that we optimise track performance from everywhere, also working together with both drivers, trying to make sure that we extract everything we can."
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Pujolar: One tenth makes a difference
As shown by the battle at the front of the field behind Red Bull, major swings in form can happen with small car developments.
But Pujolar believes Alfa Romeo will need to progress in other areas if it wants to improve on the current position and added: "It's not only on the upgrades as well, but we can make progress as well on the operational side.
"Everything in the midfield is very, very tight so just one-tenth for us... it makes a big difference.
"Then if we want to go towards the top teams it’s another challenge but for us at the moment - focusing on that P7 - it’s extremely tight in that midfield."