Nyck de Vries is hoping AlphaTauri will soon be fighting for F1 points again after a difficult weekend for the team at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Dutchman, who is one of two drivers in the field yet to score a point this season alongside fellow rookie Logan Sargeant, had a challenging race in Montreal having clashed with Kevin Magnussen on Lap 36.
Both drivers ended up in the run-off area after de Vries' attempted move into Turn 4 and, whilst able return to the track without significant damage, de Vries was unable to improve on 18th - the last of those still running.
But as well as the time lost through his off-track excursion, de Vries feels that the team were generally lacking in performance at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
De Vries on AlphaTauri's performance
"I think as a team we're just lacking a little bit overall in terms of competitiveness and pace," de Vries told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"We'll see where we can improve and come back at the Red Bull Ring.
"Quite a few of our competitors brought updates for this weekend, so we need to see and understand where we are relative to them and hopefully we'll be back [in the fight soon]."
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Prospects for Austria
When asked about his prospects for this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, de Vries refrained from making a prediction: "Our competitors brought some updates [in Canada], we were pretty competitive in the past two weekends, so it felt like [we were] maybe lacking a little bit [during the Canadian GP weekend].
"We'll see what we can learn and improve for the next one, and hopefully we'll be back to fight for points."