Alfa Romeo Sauber boss Fred Vasseur is upbeat about the Swiss outfit's prospects in 2018, but insists there will be a fair amount of catching up ahead.
The Hinwil-based squad took the covers off its new Ferrari-powered C37 today, a car which will hopefully pull Sauber up the grid this season.
"I am very much looking forward to the 2018 season, and to seeing Marcus (Ericsson) and Charles (Leclerc) on track," says the Frenchman.
"We have put lots of effort and hard work into the C37 over the last few months, and it is fantastic to be launching the new car today.
"I am convinced that Marcus and Charles form the perfect driver line-up, with one being an experienced driver and one a promising rookie.
"Marcus is going into his fourth season with us. He is a valuable part of the team, and we benefit from his experience and precise technical feedback.
"As for Charles, he has proven his talent in prior categories and deserves to be on the Formula 1 grid this season.”
Formula 1 will likely see a massive mid-field battle this year, and Vasseur is aware of the challenges which lie ahead.
"Our target ahead of 2018 is clear: We have to catch up with the field and continue improving our performance during the course of the season.
"We have put lots of energy and commitment into the development of the C37. I want to thank our partners and fans for their continuous support.
"The return of Alfa Romeo to Formula 1 sets another milestone in the team’s history, and I am proud that such a historical brand has chosen us for their return to the sport.
"We are eager to start the 2018 season as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team," Vasseur continues.