Nico Hulkenberg is sure Force India can still challenge for fourth position in the Constructors' championship, despite a tricky start to the 2016 campaign.
Force India finished fifth in last year's standings and co-owner Vijay Mallya set the outfit the goal of improving by one position, though after two races the team sits in seventh position, 14 points behind fourth-placed Williams.
Hulkenberg nonetheless believes that Force India has been compromised across the first two rounds and is sure that improvements will be made.
"I think it’s still realistic," he said when asked if Force India can finish fourth.
"It’s tough, a big challenge, but our first two races have been compromised, in Melbourne we got away with points but the red flag cost us.
"Obviously Bahrain was a very poor day for us, having a lap one incident then being offset on strategy, traffic, compared to everyone else made it difficult, but had we not had that we’d be in a points scoring position.
"[We have] good signs, still early days in this season and there is still more to come from us."
Hulkenberg added that the tightly congested nature of the midfield means that any mistakes are magnified.
"The midfield is really competitive, Toro Rosso has improved a lot, Haas is there too, it’s very competitive and if you don’t get the best out of the car and yourself you find yourself a couple of positions back," he concluded.