Nico Hulkenberg is itching to get back behind the wheel of his Force India VJM07 at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, as F1 resumes after its summer break.

The German ended the first half of the 2014 season on a low note, posting his first non-score in eleven races at the Hungarian Grand Prix, and is eager to restart his run of points finishes on a circuit that has often served his team well in the past.

"The summer break was a good opportunity to stay at home in Switzerland and relax," he conceded, "I'm feeling refreshed and ready to get back in the car because three weeks is a long time away from racing."

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Hulkenberg heads to the Belgian Grand Prix holding onto seventh place in the drivers' standings, sandwiched between world champions Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button, with Force India clinging onto a slender one-point advantage over the Briton's McLaren team in the constructors' table.

"There's a lot at stake, but the team is up for the fight," he insisted, "We made the most of our opportunities in the first part of the season and we need to do the same in the final eight races."

Hulkenberg recorded one of his best F1 results at Spa during his previous spell with Force India in 2012 and, having seen current team-mate Sergio Perez breach the top three this year, is hoping that the unpredictable nature of the Ardennes circuit can finally yield a maiden podium visit for himself.

"It's an amazing track and one of my favourites - as it probably is for everybody on the grid," the German reflected, "There are so many iconic corners, such as Eau Rouge and Pouhon, which feel very special in an F1 car. For the high and medium speed corners you obviously need downforce, but it's a trade-off with top speed on the long straights so you need good efficiency.

"I'm feeling upbeat. I expect a close battle in the championship until the end of the season, so we need to be consistently picking up good points."