"It's a fresh challenge, and I hope we are arguing over first and second on Sunday afternoon."
Despite the issues that blighted the season-opening race, and ultimately led to a double retirement, Monaghan has no doubt the car from that grand prix to the second in Austria was a vast improvement.
Asked as to whether he was happy with the progress, Monaghan added: "Yes, enormously. We've taken on a huge amount to revise the car, not all of it will be visible.
"For the first race, we had one of them parked by the side of the road on lap 10, or whatever it was, and the other coughing and spluttering near the end of the race.
"For the second, we've run without needing to protect or deal with anything of significance, so that's enormously satisfying and a great reward to everybody that has helped with that."
Detailing the vast amount of work that has gone on behind the scenes, Monaghan added: "The bodywork updates were extensive, [they were] tested again on Friday, all the pieces were there.
"We were able to get more than two cars' worth in [of parts], which is a phenomenal effort from everybody, and their efforts were rewarded with a third and fourth place.
"We're on the scoreboard, there's a reasonable order of the teams starting to become clear, and it's a nice reward for Honda because they've worked extremely hard after the first weekend. We're going forward."
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