Adrian Sutil believes his Force India team's partnership with McLaren and Mercedes could help his squad be in the top ten regularly in 2009.
Force India will use Mercedes engines this year and will also receive technical assistance from the McLaren team.
The Silverstone-based squad failed to score any points last year, but Sutil is confident the new deals will help them be in the top 10 often.
"I think it will be a great help and a big step," Sutil told his team's official website. "Maybe we can really go into the top 10 and finish a few races in the points.
"That would be a good step for next year. I'm confident."
The German also believes he is a stronger driver now, as he enters his third full season in Formula One.
"I think with the new regulations I had to adapt my driving style," he added. "Last year I was doing really well in qualifying, my laps were always quite strong.
"This year it was a new situation, without traction control, and it took a little while. But now I'm on the same level as last year, or a little bit stronger.
"I'm more experienced now, and I had a very good teammate in Giancarlo, and I could learn quite a lot from him, with all the data. This was good, and also mentally I'm much better now. After two years of F1 you feel better, your self confidence is higher."