Nico Hulkenberg says he's put the heartache of the past two races behind him and is focusing on a rejuvenated charge starting in Monaco.

The Force India driver became an unlucky loser in the first-lap clashes in Russia and was cruelly denied a battle for a first points finish since Australia at Circuit de Catalunya with a terminal oil leak.

With one points finish in the opening five races the German driver is keen to put the opening quarter of the season behind him and concentrate on battling back in Monaco.

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"Monaco is one of my home races and I'm hoping that my luck will start to change this weekend," Hulkenberg said. "Sometimes you have a spell of unlucky races and there's nothing you can do about it - that's the way I look back on Russia and Spain.

"You have to put them out of your mind and move on. Monaco is a fresh start and I'm already smiling at the thought of driving around such a fantastic lap."

Like many drivers Hulkenberg says he always relishes the opportunity of racing on the tight and twisty Monte Carlo street circuit, with fond memories of grabbing fifth place for Force India in 2014, and has been given a confidence boost after a successful introduction of the new aerodynamic package in Spain.

"The challenge of the track is good fun and very demanding," he said. "You build your speed with each session and by the time you get to qualifying you need to be right at the limit.

"When you walk the track you can't believe that we actually race there because it's so narrow. You need to be incredibly precise because you can't afford even the smallest mistake. Mentally it's very tough because it's corner after corner and there's never a moment when you can relax."