Sebastien Buemi says he is much better prepared for his second season of Formula 1 and believes he will be able to finish in the points on a regular basis this year.
The Toro Rosso driver has tested for the last two days at Jerez, finishing fourth quickest on Wednesday and just 11th today after a hydraulics problem cost the team three hours of running.
But Buemi has done 136 laps in the two days, taking his total this preseason to 466, and says that in contrast to last year, he feels ready heading to the first race.
"I cannot even compare it, to be honest," he told AUTOSPORT. "I don't want to seem too sure of myself, but honestly I am a lot better prepared, physically, mentally, with the car. Before going to Melbourne last year I tested for only half a day with big issues on the car so I went without knowing what the car could do or what to think."
Buemi says he now feels like part of the team and thinks he can be a regular points finisher in 2010.
"I am very confident, I feel good with the team, the engineers, I am like I was at home, so that's good," he added. "We are quite happy with the performance, that we will be where we want to be. I want to be regularly in the points, I want to be in front of my teammate and I want to do a better job than last year."