Logan Sargeant has stated that his qualifying deficit to team-mate Alexander Albon has been a “frustration” for him throughout his rookie campaign.
Sargeant is yet to out-qualify Albon in the 18 rounds staged so far and has suffered 13 Q1 eliminations.
Qualifying was viewed as one of Sargeant's strong points during his junior career and ended last year's Formula 2 campaign with two pole positions.
Adapting to F1 has been a struggle for the American but he scored his first points of the season last time out at his home race in the United States.
Sargeant crossed the line in 11th place but was promoted to ninth following disqualifications for Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc.
The 22-year-old is now aiming to get on top of his qualifying performances as he looks to retain his seat for next year's campaign.
“It's definitely been frustrating at times, for sure,” he told media including RacingNews365.com. “It's always been one of my best things in the past.
“It's been frustrating at times. But at the same time I feel like since the summer break, I've really sort of found the speed again.
“It's just trying to put it all together when it matters is key, and especially you only get one lap at it in quali and it's either good or not.
“And that's the difficulty. But I feel like it is coming back to me.”