Manor boss Dave Ryan says the team no longer has any interest in simply making up the numbers as it approaches its first season with Mercedes power.
Manor comes into 2016 with a Mercedes power unit after spending all of last season competing using a year-old Ferrari engine and modified 2014 chassis. The team finished bottom of the constructors' championship without scoring a point.
Reflecting on winter testing, Ryan said: "Well, it does look positive, and I am pleased because we have made big progress. Where we really are relative to everybody else, I don't know."
Asked about his expectations for the year, Ryan said: "We just want to compete, and obviously would like to score points, and we just want to do the very best we can with what we have. We have had a few years where we just kind of turned up and made up numbers. We are not interested in doing that any more, so it will be nice to be in a position where we are not making up numbers and we genuinely are part of the circus and performing well, so that is our target."
Manor is the only team on the grid to have stuck with a longer nose design this season, something the team is in no rush to rectify. That decision came after the team turned its focus last year solely onto the 2016 car rather than introduce a 2015 model.
However, Ryan is refusing to get carried away with Manor's positive situation.
"It would be a foolish person to start making predictions. I am pretty happy with the progress we have made, we certainly are a much stronger team than last year. From a performance point of view we are way ahead of where we were, which you would expect with the partners we have got now, and the fact that we have the new car. Where we are actually on the grid, I don't know."