Michael Schumacher insists his Ferrari team are on the right track to return to the top after a poor 2005 season.
Schumacher says he is eager to return to the track
After five years of domination, the German seven-time champion won only once last year as Renault and McLaren left Ferrari trailing in their wake.
Schumacher, 37 on Tuesday, said: "It's not looking too bad. There are many things pointing in a good direction.
"Most of all, I see the same fighting spirit at Ferrari that I feel; we want a major role in the title fight."
Schumacher, the oldest driver in F1, heads into 2006 surrounded by questions over his future.
His Ferrari contract expires at the end of the season, and he has given no indication as to whether he will continue in the sport.
Ferrari have said Schumacher is welcome to stay on, and he has said he will continue for as long as he is enjoying himself.
Many believe tyre and engine rule changes for 2006 will help Ferrari return to competitiveness.
But there are strong indications that the Italian team have already lined up McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen as a replacement for Schumacher in 2007.
And world champion Fernando Alonso's move from Renault to McLaren for 2007 increases the pressure on Raikkonen to firm up his future.
With Alonso already on board for next year, either Raikkonen or his Colombian team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya will have to move on.
Raikkonen would probably be unwilling to go to Ferrari as Schumacher's team-mate unless he is guaranteed equal status.
Ferrari are also keen for five-time world motorcycle champion Valentino Rossi to make the switch to F1 with them in 2007.