Charles Pic does not believe his Caterham team is under pressure to score its first point in the 2013 season as long as it improves over last season’s performance.
The team has finished 10th in the constructors’ championship in the three years it has been in Formula 1, beating fellow new teams Marussia and HRT since the 2010 season.
Its best result to date, however, is an 11th place in the season finale in Brazil last month.
Although Caterham boss Cyril Abiteboul said the team cannot be satisfied with 10th place anymore, Pic reckons there is no huge pressure to finally get a point next season.
“Caterham have always been the first of the three ‘new’ teams so I think what they’ve produced so far has been good,” Pic told the official Formula 1 website.
“But we can do better and our target is to do better next year. But I don’t think we are under pressure.
“We know where we want to go and that is the most important thing for the team.”
He added: “I think Caterham has big potential – I’m 100 per cent confident of that. We just have to work very hard to improve ourselves to be better next year and to take a step forward.”
Pic, who made his grand prix debut this year, is joining Caterham from Marussia on a multi-year deal.
The Frenchman says having secured a long-term agreement does not mean he will approach 2013 any differently.
“I’m very happy about that because we can work together on the long-term and that’s very important,” he said. “But it doesn’t change anything for me next year.
“I have my own targets, as do the team, and we’ll have to work really hard together to achieve them – that doesn’t change whether you’re on a one- or a two-year contract.”