Caterham's Marcus Ericsson has said it will critical he has another good run in practice in China if he is to maximises his chances of doing as well as possible in the race.

The Chinese Grand Prix will be another step into the unknown for the F1 2014 rookie and with just one finish so far from three races, after mechanical issues forced him out in Australia and Bahrain, he will be keen to get the chequered flag and ideally improve on the 14th place he notched up in Malaysia.

"China's another new track for me, so obviously what will really help is having another good Friday and Saturday, like we had in Bahrain. Step by step, with each race I'm learning more about how to manage a full race weekend and, apart from Canada, China's the last track before we get to Europe that I haven't raced on so it's even more important to be have maximum mileage in FP1 and FP2 so we can really work on optimising the settings," explained the GP2 graduate.

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"Something I will be working on is tyre management, especially over the long runs - for rookies in F1 tyre management is one of the key areas you have to work on and improving that area of performance will definitely help make me stronger over the full race distance," he added.

Ericsson also noted that while it will be his first trip to Shanghai, it won't be his first to China, as he competed in the prestigious Macau F3 GP in 2008 and 2009.

"I was on pole at Macau in 2009 and finished fourth, so I have good memories of racing in China, and I also spent the week between Australia and Malaysia this year in Macau because my trainer Alex was living there and working as an FMX rider in Macau before he joined me in F1. It's an amazing country and it'll be a privilege to race there as an F1 driver - hopefully we can repeat the sort of performance we had in Malaysia and finish these flyaways positively," he concluded.