Kimi Raikkonen feels Alfa Romeo can take the fight to any of the midfield runners following their encouraging start to the 2021 Formula 1 season.
Raikkonen is yet to score points this year and was given a harsh penalty in Imola for failing to obey the restart procedure after he crossed the line in ninth place.
"We are not miles off, we are right in the middle of this scrap," Raikkonen told the press. "We can fight with anyone in the midfield if we do our job properly and we have a little luck, which we missed so far this season."
Team principal Frederic Vasseur is confident Alfa Romeo can score points but realises the characteristics of the 4.65km Portimao circuit will be a challenge for the team.
"We approach this back to back with the confidence of being able to have a good performance and the determination to make up for the circumstances that prevented us from scoring in the first two outings of the season," Vasseur added.
"We know we could have, and should have, had two cars in the points on merit last time out, but that is no consolation as the final result is all that matters. It is now time to turn performance into points: we know we need a spotless weekend to edge out the other teams in the midfield and we are determined to do just that.”