Fresh from the confirmation he will remain with the Sahara Force India team for the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship season, Nico Hulkenberg heads to the 2014 United States Grand Prix seeking a confidence-boosting return to the points.

A reasonably happy hunting ground for Hulkenberg having finished eighth and sixth around the Texan circuit in 2012 and 2013 respectively, the German's expectations are similarly lofty for the 2014 edition.

Indeed, with Force India slipping 20 points behind rivals McLaren-Mercedes in the fight for fifth place in the constructors' reckoning, Hulkenberg is eager to help the team recover ground again.

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"I've had good results in Austin [P8 in 2012 and P6 in 2013] so I am feeling upbeat about this weekend. It's clear that some teams ahead of us have made a step forward recently, but we know that we can race well. I think it's realistic to target points again this weekend and try to close the gap to fifth place."

"I remember that as soon as I drove in Austin my first thought was that it was an amazing circuit. It's fun to drive, with lots of different kinds of corners, and it's one of the best tracks from the new generation of circuits.

"It's very easy to find a rhythm and the tarmac is very smooth, which makes it very nice to drive. Away from the track, Austin is a venue everybody enjoys visiting. It's not the biggest city, but there is a good atmosphere and they love Formula One."