Timo Glock says Marussia Virgin Racing is aiming to score points from the beginning of the season, following the launch of the MVR-02 in London today.
The 28-year-old German admits the team cannot close the gap to the top 10 on pace alone in just one off-season, but says Virgin still has to target scoring early in the year.
"We want to grab points in first races and then work from there," he said. "We are much more sorted out, more structured, we have one year of experience so we should be on a good way. But we have to be realistic – we were 3-4 seconds off the pace last year and you never catch 3-4 seconds in wintertime, so we have to make some improvement and then move up.
"I am hoping for a realistic step. I am happy to do a proper step over the winter with the team together and be strong in first races. When you see back to lots of crashes and technical problems – that is where we struggled last year and that is where we have to be strong."
Glock added that he is happy to be back with Virgin this season, despite some difficult times last year.
"I just want to be part of it," he said. "Sure, we had some time especially in the first couple of races where we were walking past each other. But it was clear you never come into F1 and you are in top three, if that happens then the rest are doing something wrong. In the end, we are a team and we came out much stronger, and we should be better in the second year."
Team principal John Booth added that his primary aim is for the team to reach the second stage of qualifying: "Our first target is regular spots in Q2, that's a good platform to move from. We want to be there as much as possible."