Adrian Sutil is targeting his first points of the season after yet another promising showing in qualifying in Valencia.
The Force India driver, who topped the times in this morning's practice session, missed out on a place in the top ten, finishing in 12th position.
But with his car showing stronger pace all the time, Sutil is hopeful he will finally manage to score his first points of the season on Sunday.
"We've been quick here all the weekend and everything is working very well," said Sutil. "I'm really happy about the upgrades we've put on the car, the team is doing a great job. We've made a big step forward in the last couple of months and I'm really enjoying every session now.
"This morning was the best way to prepare for qualifying, but we knew it was not going to be possible to replicate this position. Conditions for qualifying were actually pretty tough with quite low grip and high temperatures but the lap times are very close -- it seems to be a characteristic of this circuit.
"We were just a few hundredths from Q3 so we just missed out in the end. We are in a good position now though so it's a reasonable goal for us to say we want to score our first points here."
Teammate Giancarlo Fisichella, on the other hand, was unhappy with his performance after failing to reach Q2.
"I am very disappointed with this result as I felt I could have easily got through to Q2 today," he said.
"Unfortunately, on the last run I got caught in traffic on my first lap and then lost about six or seven tenths in the last sector on my second lap, otherwise I really feel we could have got through after the weekend we've been having so far. It's going to be a tough race."