Nico Hulkenberg says he won't be setting any specific targets for the Chinese Grand Prix, though he believes Force India has the ability to challenge for points in Shanghai.

The German finished seventh at the opening round in Australia and ran as high as second - albeit out of pit sequence - in Malaysia, this despite the VJM08 still very much in its infancy in terms of development following its late debut.

Nonetheless, though Hulkenberg has set his sights on the European races for the upgrades he feels will return Force India to the sharp end of the grid, he still thinks there are points on offer in China.

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"Shanghai is a cool place. I always stay in the centre of the city and you can feel the buzz of the place. There is so much happening and everybody is very busy all the time.

"The track has a mix of everything - low, medium and high-speed corners, so it's quite similar to Sepang with a big emphasis on aero performance. The quick corners are tough on the tyres and high degradation is a big factor in this race. The never-ending turn one also takes the life out of the tyres, especially the front left.

"It's a fun track to drive and a challenge to get right. I'm not going there with any big expectations, but we've got to believe we can fight for some points.

"It wasn't possible in Malaysia, but we certainly put up a good fight and will keep working hard. I think our performance level will be similar this weekend."