Giancarlo Fisichella is optimistic he will be able to fight for this year's title following a disappointing 2005 with Renault.
"My motivation is very high," said Fisichella in a team preview. "I am very pleased to be with a great team like Renault, the World Champions. Also, I know I am driving a very quick car this year.
"My target is to fight for the championship, and I am optimistic I can do that."
The Italian driver arrived at Renault with high hopes last season, but, after winning the first race of the year in Australia, he was overshadowed by teammate Fernando Alonso, who went on to win the drivers' title.
Fisichella, fifth in last year's championship, is again aiming to start the season in strong fashion with a win at the Bahrain Grand Prix, but the Roman admits the important thing will be to fight at the top in every race.
"Obviously, I hope so (to win in Bahrain)," he said. "But honestly, that's not the most important thing. In 2006, I want to win the rest of the season as well, and start scoring a lot of points. It didn't happen for me in 2005, but this year, I want to fight for the title.
"Last year's car was very comfortable for the drivers, and so is the R26. In fact, I am even happier in this car. The rear is more stable under braking and in the middle of the corner. We have made a step forward on the traction too. That all means I can drive the car how I want to, and gives me even more confidence."
Speaking about his rivals, Fisichella said once again that Honda and McLaren will be Renault's main rivals this year, with Ferrari's form still a mystery.
"The tests showed us that Honda are very strong, and McLaren have made a big step forward," Fisichella added. "We don't know about Ferrari because we haven't done much running with them, but Renault are definitely among the favourites."