Sauber will introduce a major update package to its car at next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix as it bids to get itself back into a regular points-scoring position.
The Swiss team has slipped behind Force India in recent races, having scored just one point since the German Grand Prix. But hoping to respond to Force India's resurgence, as well as fight off Scuderia Toro Rosso behind it, Sauber is pushing ahead with bringing improvements for the Suzuka event.
Technical director James Key said: "We will bring a wide-ranging aero package for the car, which includes a completely new front wing, new rear wings, new turning vanes and side pod deflectors, new brake ducts and modifications to the floor. This was always planned for Suzuka and, if it all works well, it should give us a reasonable step forward. Obviously, we want to bounce back from some recent bad luck.
"Going into the final quarter of the season there will be tracks which should suit our car better. It would definitely be great to get a positive result for all our supporters in Japan in what has been a very challenging year for the people there."
Although the focus of home fans will be on Kamui Kobayashi's efforts, his teammate Sergio Perez is confident about his own chances for the Japanese GP.
"I think Suzuka will be one of the most special races of the season," said the Mexican. "For me, it will the first time I go to Japan, but I have driven the circuit on the simulator and it is obviously an exciting one. I am very much looking forward to driving through the high-speed corners in reality, and I also think those corners will suit our car quite well.
"Personally I want to keep up the momentum I think I have, and I can feel I'm getting on top of things. I want to improve and finish the season on a high. I also expect the team will get a lot of support from the Japanese fans because of Kamui, and this will be a nice experience as well."