Adrian Sutil has set his sights on getting onto the podium next season following confirmation on Friday that he has inked a new deal with the Force India F1 team.
The German, who recorded his best-ever F1 finish this season, when he was fourth at the Italian Grand Prix back in September, had been considering other options for 2010, but he is now looking forward to staying with FIF1 for a third year - what will actually be his fifth with the Silverstone-based outfit, as he began his F1 career there as a test driver in 2006, albeit under one of its previous guises, Midland F1.
"2010 will be my fourth year in F1. I feel good here, it feels like family, and when you feel at ease you can focus your energy 100 per cent on getting it right on track," said Sutil.
"Next season I want to be in the points on a regular basis, maybe even challenging for the podium, and the team has exactly the same goals. We are going massively in the right direction so with our combined energies I'm confident we can achieve even more than last season."
Vitantonio Liuzzi meanwhile, who has also signed a deal to stay with the team [see separate story CLICK HERE
], is also optimistic about what can be achieved in 2010.
Indeed having moved up from being the team's test and reserve driver for the final five events this year - replacing Giancarlo Fisichella, who switched to Ferrari - the ex-Red Bull Racing and Toro Ross man is over-the-moon to be back competing full-time.
"It was always my goal to be back racing in 2010 and I've finally achieved it," added the 28-year-old. "I feel the five races I did in 2009 were a bit of a warm-up; get back racing, learn the car, get the feeling back. Now I've done that I feel ready to really push next season.
"We were pretty strong in the last part of the 2009 season so if we pick up where we stopped I think we could be in for a good year. For sure points are the aim and showing everyone what we can do."