Esteban Ocon targets points at every race with Force India

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Esteban Ocon says he wants to achieve points finishes at every race in 2017 during his first full season in Formula One with Force India.

Having contested nine grands prix with Manor last year, Ocon was called up by Force India to replace the Renault-bound Nico Hulkenberg for this season. The Frenchman admits the Silverstone-based team -- which clinched its best ever finish in the constructors' championship with fourth place in 2016 -- expects him to deliver from the season-opener in Australia.

"I have to deliver straight away, the team wants me to replace Nico -- and that includes results," Ocon told the official F1 website. "So no time to get up to speed -- I have to get up to speed straight away. Hence the good preparation with the team over the winter. In the end, results translate into more funds -- and that means a better, faster car. It is that simple.

"My personal target would be to score points at every race. That would be pretty cool. Melbourne is the place where everybody unleashes his machine, so we will see what the reality check is. I have a super feeling about the VJM10. The balance is right and the Mercedes engine is simply the best, also when it comes to reliability. So let's see if I can trust my feelings."

Ocon quickly got up to speed with former Manor teammate and fellow Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein and put in some impressive displays towards the end of 2016, most notably at the rain-hit Brazilian Grand Prix, in which the 20-year-old recorded his best finish so far in F1 with a strong drive to 12th.

The 2015 GP3 champion says he has already learnt a lot from new teammate Sergio Perez during pre-season testing and feels ready for the inter-team battle at Force India.

"He had an awesome season last year. He pulled the team up. It was very impressive to see what he did. Every year Force India is gaining position, so I am looking forward to working with him. I have learnt a lot from him already at the two tests -- but testing is one thing: it's as soon as we arrive at the first race that I want to challenge him!"