Nico Hulkenberg says Force India is targeting third in the constructors' championship this season after a strong start to the year.

Force India has scored points in every race so far, with the highlight being Sergio Perez's third place in the Bahrain Grand Prix. With Hulkenberg sitting fourth in the drivers' championship after finishing no lower than sixth in any race, Force India currently holds third in the constructors' and Hulkenberg says retaining that spot is now the target.

"I think this team has always been hungry and that's still very much the case," Hulkenberg said. "We're up in third in the championship and we want to stay there. The hard work over the winter is paying off, but we know that Formula One is always a development race and things can change from one weekend to the next. So we need to keep working hard to maintain our good position."

Having enjoyed such a strong start to the year himself, Hulkenberg admits the opening four races have exceeded expectations.

"I've enjoyed the first part of the year. It's probably gone better than we were expecting after winter testing and it's good to keep picking up the points. I'm fourth with 36 points and I think that's a big achievement. The car has worked well everywhere and we've made the most of the opportunities. Consistency is surely one of our strengths at the moment."

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