Nico Hulkenberg says that Force India should be in the hunt for points at next weekend's Australian Grand Prix.
Hulkenberg has yet to complete a single racing lap in three attempts in Australia but reckons Force India is in a strong position to profit early on in the year.
"The car has come a long way since Jerez," he said.
"We made steps at each test and I think we made very good use of the time we had available. We signed off a lot of things during testing and I don’t think we’re in bad shape. There is always more you can do, but we’re pretty well prepared.
"Testing only tells you so much, but I think we still have some performance in our pocket. I just hope we are competitive and can race for good points."
Hulkenberg says he feels comfortable at Force India, having moved across from midfield rivals Sauber.
"I feel comfortable, but I think this feeling will grow stronger during the season," he said.
"The cars are different compared to last year: the corner speeds are lower because there is less downforce and the engine behaviour is quite different. So it’s a new challenge and it’s difficult to tell just from testing how it will feel during a race weekend."