Nico Hulkenberg believes the cut in pre-season testing days this season could be beneficial for his Force India outfit.
Force India introduced a B-spec version of its VJM08 mid-2015 and was a regular points scorer across the second half of the campaign.
Hulkenberg is hopeful that the reduction in pre-season test days from 12 to eight will enable Force India to maintain its momentum into 2016.
"Less testing could mean better opportunities during the first couple of races if we’re better prepared than others - and have kept the momentum [of 2015]," he told F1.com.
"At the end of the day [eight days] is all everybody has and we all have to work with this time."
Hulkenberg finished 10th in the 2015 standings with a best result of sixth, which he achieved in Austria, Japan and Brazil.
Hulkenberg is optimistic that Force India's 2016 car will enable him to make progress compared to last year.
"It's always difficult to judge what others will do and where you will pan out for the first race," he explained.
"But from what I have seen of what the team is doing and developing, I think we can challenge for good results - probably even better than in 2015."