Nico Hulkenberg admits targets for the first race are tough to set but hopes Force India can score solid points at the Australian Grand Prix.

Sergio Perez set the fastest time on the opening two days of the final test in Bahrain last week, while Hulkenberg managed strong mileage as Force India completed the test with an average of over 100 laps per day. After such an encouraging end to pre-season, Hulkenberg says the team is well prepared to challenge at the opening race in Melbourne.

Asked for his targets for the first race, Hulkenberg replied: "It's not easy to say.

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"Testing only tells you so much, but I think we still have some performance in our pocket. I just hope we are competitive and can race for good points."

And Hulkenberg said the progress Force India has made since the first test gives him confidence ahead of the opening race.

"The car has come a long way since Jerez. We made steps at each test and I think we made very good use of the time we had available. We signed off a lot of things during testing and I don't think we're in bad shape. There is always more you can do, but we're pretty well prepared."