Romain Grosjean reckons Lotus can still build a strong season despite experiencing a nightmare start to F1 2014.

Grosjean has yet to finish in the points this year, and while he was eleventh in Malaysia and twelfth in Bahrain, the Enstone-based outfit had yet more reliability problems during the post-Bahrain GP test.

"Obviously, the target is to try to get better results [now]," Grosjean said in the countdown to the Chinese Grand Prix, the fourth round in the 2014 F1 World Championship. "We have lots of parts for the car which should make it faster, but we need reliability to be able to test these.

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"So far, when we've finished it's been just outside the points. If we can get a little bit more performance and reliability, we'll be finishing in the points."

"We can build a strong season from this point on and everyone is concentrating on this goal," he confirmed. "We just have to push as hard as we can and stay as positive as possible even when the going gets tough. As a team we have to stay united, it will make us stronger as a unit."

Asked if the Shanghai International Circuit will suit the E22, Grosjean replied that he doesn't really know: "It'll be interesting and challenging for us but still the emphasis is on getting good track time so we can be as prepared as we can be for when our season really starts at Barcelona next month," he explained.

"There's a very long back straight and some high-speed corners. There is a lot we need to do with the E22 and we certainly need some better power unit performance. Of course we'll do our best to score our first points of the year. That is our goal, our target," he added.

Grosjean will turn 28 next week and he is eager to celebrate his birthday as well as he can: "Shanghai is not my favourite race of the year, but I will be spending my 28th birthday there so let's make it good!" he continued.

"It's quite a particular circuit where it is not always easy to find the right setup and the temperature can also be cold. You never know what to expect, except that there will be a monster traffic jam to get to the circuit!

"I scored my first F1 points at Shanghai in 2012 and scored points again last year when Kimi [Raikkonen] finished second for the team. So let's hope that's a good omen and we can add to the good memories next weekend," he concluded.