Lando Norris is confident that McLaren will be at the front of the midfield as the Belgian Grand Prix develops, despite a quiet first day of practice.
Norris finished eighth and ninth respectively in Friday's two practice sessions at Spa-Francorchamps, with AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly impressing from the drivers behind the Mercedes and Red Bull battle
"Pierre looks very fast. In FP1 he was extremely quick," said Norris. "So maybe AlphaTauri seem a little bit ahead, but you never know.
"I think we always make some good steps into FP3 and then from FP3 into qualifying, changing the car. So I don't think we need to get too worried or anything.
"I'm confident in myself. I can make some improvements and the same goes for the team
"We've got a bit of bit of work to do just to get ahead of the midfield guys, before we start to see if we can get behind Red Bull and Mercedes."
Norris is third in the Drivers' Championship after a remarkable run of form in the first half of the season.
He says the team still have "some figuring out to do" to understand what direction they should take with the car, given that there could be rain during qualifying and the race.
"I think the car is pretty dialled in," added Norris. "We made some good improvements from FP1 to FP2 and I felt a lot more comfortable.
"I think we're much closer to the pace we should be but we've got a bit more work to do."