Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg has been decent in the F1 circuit this season.Reuters

Force India have been one of the consistent teams in the Formula One circuit this season, as they have accumulated 77 points so far. Force India, who currently lie in fifth place in the constructors' championships standings, are ahead of teams such as Lotus, Sauber and Toro Rosso.

The Vijay Mallya-owned team have attained such position thanks to the form of their drivers -- Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg. Both drivers will be eager to carry on their form in the Russian Grand Prix, which takes place on Sunday.

Perez and Hulkenberg lie in 10th and 11th place with 39 and 38 points respectively. Barring the Hungarian Grand Prix, Perez has finished all races this season, while Hulkenberg was forced to retire in three. However, both drivers are full of confidence going into the Russian GP, especially Hulkenberg, who finished sixth in the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.

"The result in Suzuka was just what I needed after a few unlucky weekends since the summer break. We had good pace, we did our homework and we achieved all we could from the race. It was very satisfying to see how competitive we were and that's given me a confidence boost for the races to come," said Hulkenberg.

Hulkenberg and Perez had a decent Russian GP last year, as they finished in 10th and 12th place respectively, but they will be eager to improve upon the performance this season.

Hulkenberg talked about last season's race, which he enjoyed.

"I had my first experience of Russia last year and enjoyed it. The unusual venue inside the Olympic Park is pretty cool and the track itself has a nice flow. The lap is quite long, with many similar corners, and that adds to the difficulty of putting together a perfect lap. The final sector is quite technical and is a big challenge for the drivers," added Hulkenberg.

Sergio Perez, who scored a point in Sochi last season, is looking forward to the race. Perez, the way he has been driving this season, can hope to collect a few more points in the Russian Grand Prix.

The track in Sochi comprises of a number of interesting corners, which will be challenging for the drivers as well. The 90 degree corners remind Perez of the Singapore and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix.

"I scored a point in Sochi last year and I'm looking forward to racing there again. They did a really nice job with the track and there are some interesting corners, especially the long left-hand turn three - in qualifying last year we were taking it flat," said Perez.

"In some ways the Sochi track reminds me of Singapore and Abu Dhabi. That's because there are lots of 90 degree corners and acceleration zones, which put high energy through the rear tyres. There are some quick parts of the lap too."

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