Pierre Gasly says AlphaTauri could jump from 14th to seventh on the grid with only a minor step forward in performance, due to the nature of F1's tight midfield battle in 2022.
The one-time race-winner, who placed ninth in last season's World Championship standings, has picked up six points from the opening three rounds of the year.
His AlphaTauri AT03 was struck down by reliability issues in Bahrain, but placed inside the points in both Saudi Arabia and Australia.
However, neither Gasly nor teammate Yuki Tsunoda are happy with the performance of their car, says the Frenchman, with Alfa Romeo and Haas having now moved ahead of them.
"I must say, we are learning every single session. I think it's pretty much like any other team, we're trying to develop the car constantly, weekend after weekend," Gasly told members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.
"It's really tight in the midfield, but we haven't reached a point where both Yuki and myself are really happy with the car that we have."
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Gasly: Just two-tenths could be worth seven positions
Imola will see several F1 teams bring their first upgrades of the 2022 season, as is common at the first European race.
AlphaTauri will be one of those teams, with their "very exciting" upgrade plans having already been set out.
But there is still performance to be found in the car the team ran in Australia, with Gasly confident that just two-tenths of lap time could move them seven places forward on race day.
"There is quite a lot of work that we're trying to do over the next couple of races to try to improve the balance, to try to find more performance," Gasly added.
"These two-tenths that we could find in the midfield could mean that we go from P14 to P7.
"It's extremely important that we keep focusing on ourselves, but I'm confident in the team, and in ourselves, to make this progress over the next few weeks."
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