Nico Hulkenberg believes Force India is proving it can hold on to a place in the upper reaches of the constructors' championship.

After an encouraging start to the season, Force India scored only the second podium in its history at the Bahrain Grand Prix thanks to Sergio Perez. Hulkenberg was fifth in that race and followed it up with sixth in China - as Perez also scored points in ninth - to leave the team third in the constructors' standings, and he said Force India is showing it can score solid points on every type of circuit.

"At the start of the year, the team said it wanted to improve on last year and so far it's going according to plan," Hulkenberg told the Economic Times. "We have 54 points from four races and we are third in the teams' standings. Yes, there is a long way to go, but I believe we can keep up the momentum.

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"I think new regulations create a reset for all teams. 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."

Asked about scoring a podium himself this season, Hulkenberg said it wouldn't define whether the year is a success or a failure.

"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."