Nico Hulkenberg says that Force India is benefiting from sacrificing the second half of their 2013 season.
Force India stopped developing their 2013 car prematurely in order to focus on their 2014 machine.
The team suffered in 2013 as they slipped back but have benefited in 2014 after finishing every race in the top six and having claimed a podium in Bahrain courtesy of Sergio Perez.
"I think new regulations create a reset for all teams," Hulkenberg told Times of India.
"It changes the established order a bit and that is what we've seen this year. I think it has given us a chance to be more competitive than in previous seasons. The team sacrificed a lot last year to concentrate on 2014 and I think it has proved to be a sensible decision."
Hulkenberg sits a couple of points behind Fernando Alonso in the drivers' championship but reckons it will be difficult for him and Force India to usurp Ferrari. Nonetheless, the German driver is aiming to finish on the podium in 2014.
"Ferrari is strong and Fernando has beaten me in three out of four races, so it will be a tough fight to catch Fernando," he said.
"One of your ambitions must be to get a podium finish this year. It's definitely the goal, but the most important thing is consistency over the year and to make sure we are scoring points at each race."