Nico H?lkenberg believes that the best way to banish memories of his failure to start the Belgian Grand Prix would be to relive his Monza performance from two years ago.

The German, who had been hampered by turbo problems during qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps, reported a loss of power on his way to the grid and, despite taking up his position for the start, was forced to retire before the lights went out. To make his DNF all the more galling, Force India team-mate Sergio Perez not only challenged eventual winner Lewis Hamilton for the lead on lap one, but went on to claim his best finish of the season in fifth place.

Hulkenberg would have started three rows behind the Mexican thanks to his qualifying gremlins, but acknowledges that a healthy VJM08B should have allowed him to make up places at a circuit he regards as one of the best on the schedule. Next up, however, is another Hulkenberg favourite, and the German will be looking to make up for his Belgian frustration.

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"When you have a frustrating weekend like the one in Spa, the best cure is to get back behind the wheel and go racing again," he explained, "I know we could have been very competitive in Belgium without the technical issues on race day and we missed an opportunity to score good points.

"Like Spa, Monza is special. It's a high-speed track that pushes the car to the limit - it may look easy, but the margin for error when braking for the chicanes is very small and you end up paying heavily for every mistake. The layout of the track should allow us to be competitive and it's an opportunity for us to score important points."

One of Hulkenberg's best performances at the wheel of an F1 car came at Monza two seasons ago, when he qualified his Sauber third fastest before going on to claim a meritorious fifth in the race.

"I had a very exciting race there in 2013 and I wouldn't mind a repeat performance," the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner confirmed, "We have seen what the VJM08 is capable of in the last few events and I think we will have the chance to compete in the top ten."