Fernando Alonso says he expects no surprises in this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix on the back of his shock success in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang last time out.

The Spaniard holds the championship lead after the first two races of the season but he admitted that he didn't expect to see anything surprising in Shanghai, despite Ferrari planning to introduce a number of upgrades for the third race of the year.

"I'm not expecting any surprises in this race, compared to what we saw in Australia and Malaysia," he said. "It's true almost three weeks have gone by, but that does not mean there was enough time to completely turn the car around in such a short time: we will have a few small updates, but nothing particularly significant and on top of that, we can expect that the other teams will also bring some new parts.

"Therefore, we won't change our approach to this Grand Prix: to get a good result, we will need to concentrate on ourselves, trying to be perfect and to exploit every possibility that might come our way over the weekend."

Alonso added that he wasn't prepared to make any predictions about what Ferrari will achieve during the weekend ahead, stating simply that the team will work hard to score as many points as possible.

"I don't want to come out with statements that our aim is to finish in this or that position, as these discussions are not worth the time spent on them," he said. "We will have to do the maximum and bring home as many points as possible: a bit like ants who start something one day, knowing it will produce something worthwhile in the future."