Force India pairing Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta believe that the team must be at the top of its game to score big points in this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.
The duo finished ninth and 11th respectively in the German Grand Prix and both were a little disappointed with the dry-weather pace of the car after qualifying strongly in wet conditions. The team currently lies eighth in the constructors' championship and is 34 points behind the sixth place that it would need to match last year's impressive campaign.
"It was OK, two points, but it was not a huge result like Valencia," Hulkenberg said. "We had a big result there, then Silverstone was difficult and Hockenheim as well. It's a little bit up and down and we need to try and keep it on a high. If we pull everything together, we can be in the points. But if not, we are going to be outside. We need 100 percent on everything."
Hulkenberg admitted that he was disappointed to manage only ninth in Germany after starting fourth, but confessed that it did not come as a surprise given the pace of the car.
"Obviously, it was a good starting position and you always hope for the best, but it was a tough race with a lot of defending. The pace was quite good enough and the tyre wear was a bit higher. At the end of the day, that allows only a P9."
Teammate di Resta, who started ninth and finished 11th in Germany, believes that the team needs to find more pace if it is to take the fight to the teams ahead of it, like Sauber.
"We're certainly not as quick as the Lotuses and the Saubers," di Resta said. "We need to be in front of them and they certainly had a lot more pace than we had [in Germany]."