Nico Hulkenberg admits he is heading into this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix blind after failing to make the start in Australia.
Hulkenberg qualified in eleventh place in Melbourne but an issue with the fuel tank forced him out prior to the start of the race.
"Melbourne qualifying was pretty unique: Q1 on Saturday and then the rest of it on Sunday morning. The conditions were pretty difficult, with all the rain and then it drying up again," he told the Official F1 website. "Sure we have learned something from it - you always do when your relationship with your team is quite new. Every outing on a track brings information. Unfortunately we do not have a race experience together. But let’s stop focusing on Melbourne. That is behind us now and I am very motivated for this weekend."
Hulkenberg nevertheless admits he is unsure of Sauber's prospects this weekend.
"How can I be realistic if I do not have a proper experience from Melbourne? I’m going into the weekend somewhat blind, but nevertheless we are targeting a top-ten result."
From judging Friday pace, Hulkenberg did reveal that he is confident Sauber is roughly with Force India in terms of pace.
"If you take the long-run data from Friday in Melbourne we were basically in the same range as Force India. But as I have not participated in the race, it would be reading the crystal ball to make a statement. Let’s wait and see this weekend. Maybe it brings more of an answer - though it will definitely not be the final one. What I think is that we could have definitely raced for points…"