Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez expect to take just ten laps to acquire the knowledge they need to perform on the unique Sochi Autodrom this weekend.

With no-one having raced on the semi-permanent layout prior to the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, both Hulkenberg and Perez are hoping to use the event to rack up important points in Force India's constructors championship battle with McLaren, but will know more about whether the circuit will suit the VJM07 early in Friday practice.

"It's hard to look at a track on paper and really get an understanding of how it will feel to drive and, so far, I've only seen a few photos of the paddock and the track layout, so I will arrive there with a very open mind about what to expect," Hulkenberg explained, "I prefer to go there and experience things before I make judgements and talk about track characteristics and, in that sense, it's too early for me to compare it with another circuit. What is clear is that there are some really quick sections and a lot of right-angled corners.

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"It's fun to learn a new track and I look forward to the first few laps of free practice. I would say that after about ten laps you've done your learning and start to feel comfortable. After that, you can focus more on improving the car's performance."

Ten laps was also the target set by Perez, who admits to looking forward to the challenge of Sochi.

"The location of the track inside the Olympic Park is very unusual and, if I get the opportunity, I will definitely explore a bit," the Mexican admitted, "From the photographs I've seen, it looks to be a very impressive facility. There are some long straights, some tight corners, and I think it will feel like a street circuit because the walls are close to the track in a lot of areas.

"To prepare for a new track I usually walk the track and cycle it a few times. Normally, you need about ten laps before you can really start doing performance runs, but nobody knows the track so it will be the same situation for all of us. We all start from zero."