Force India team principal Vijay Mallya is confident the characteristics and unpredictability of the Monaco circuit has the potential to put it into position for a points challenge this weekend.

Having shown flashes of promise in Bahrain, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez languished outside the top ten throughout the Spanish Grand Prix weekend as the venue betrayed the shortfalls in the VJM08's lack of downforce.

However, Monaco has been kind to Force India in the past with fifth place finishes in 2013 and 2014, with Mallya expecting both of his drivers to be battling for top ten finishes again come Sunday.

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"The Monaco Grand Prix is the event of the season," he said. "It's a spectacular venue full of glamour, prestige and history. Everybody wants to be there and getting a good result in Monaco always feels extra special.

"Although we struggled for outright pace in Barcelona, the unpredictable nature of Monaco could help us spring a surprise. It's a track where we've been successful in the past [fifth places in 2013 and 2014] and I believe we can do something special again this year. The softer tyre compounds suit the VJM08 and we have two drivers who adore racing in Monaco. We must also be ready to make opportunistic strategy calls from the pit wall."

"Before the Spanish Grand Prix I said the priority was to keep in touch with the midfield teams until we bring more performance to the car. It's encouraging to see that we are just eight points away from fifth place in the standings and hopefully we can add more points to our tally this weekend.

"One area we need to improve is our qualifying speed so that we can take advantage of our race pace, which has been much more competitive."