Nico Hulkenberg says the limitations of his current Force India VJM08 will still make challenging for points 'tricky' in the Monaco Grand Prix, despite its unique characteristics.

Having struggled for pace in the Spanish Grand Prix, team manager Vijay Mallya believes the low speed, street venue of Monte Carlo could see Force India offer up a competitive challenge that won't be as neutered by the car's lack of downforce.

However, despite accepting that the softer compound tyres will give Force India a boost this weekend, Hulkenberg says the car's issues are still a factor at any circuit.

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"I think it looks a little bit friendlier," he said. "Having soft tyres here, I think is also in our favour but if your base performance isn't good enough, then it isn't good enough everywhere. That is what we need to work on and what we are working on right now.

"The team is producing the updates as we speak but it will take a while before it hits the car, so it is still going to be tricky and a challenge, but Monaco always has special challenges and maybe you can make a bit more of a difference as a driver or the conditions are a bit special..."