Sergio Perez says repeating fifth position in the Constructors' championship must be the minimum target for the outfit after its most successful campaign in 2015.
Perez and Force India recovered from a difficult start to the campaign to emerge strongly mid-season, with Perez finishing on the podium en-route to a career-high ninth in the standings, which aided Force India's final position of fifth.
Force India finished behind only Mercedes, Ferrari, Williams and Red Bull in the overall classification but the Mexican believes the outfit must set a lofty target for 2016.
"The important thing is to continue growing as a team," Perez said during an interview on the Force India website.
"We showed we can do it this year and I hope it is the sign of things to come in the future.
"The expectations are really high after what we did in 2015: repeating our fifth place must be our minimum target, even though it will not be easy, and we have to aim higher.
"It’s going to take a big effort to do that, and it’s important to be competitive right from the start of the season, in those first rounds where everything can happen.
"There will be a lot of teams out there trying to beat us but I know we can see them off and put a challenge to the ones ahead of us."