Sauber's Marcus Ericsson says he will go into next weekend's Chinese Grand Prix with a "good feeling".

Ericsson qualified well in Malaysia and made it through to the top-ten shootout, but his race ended in disappointment when he spun off early on while trying to overtake Nico Hulkenberg's Force India at Turn 1.

Despite that, however, the Swede remains upbeat and will be after more points after breaking his duck when he was eighth in Australia.

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"I have a good feeling travelling to China, because we have a competitive car," Ericsson confirmed prior to the third round in the F1 2015 World Championship.

"We are looking forward to getting to Shanghai to continue improving as well as scoring points again. I am confident it is going to be a positive weekend for us."

"The track in Shanghai is a circuit I know from last year, but it is not an easy one with a mixture of high-speed and low-speed corners," he added.

"Before some corners hard braking is required, so braking stability for the car is important. I believe the set-up of the car will be similar to the one we had in Malaysia, as the layout of the track has some related characteristics."

Giampaolo Dall'Ara, Sauber's head of track engineering, also expects the team to be fighting for points again.

"Despite two very opposite outcomes, the first two races of the season were a boost for the motivation of everybody in our team, and we are now heading to Shanghai with a lot confidence for being competitive again," he underlined.

"The circuit has a very long straight, where a good top speed is important, and an interesting mix of low, medium and high speed corners. In addition, it has several technical sections where unique corners, such as turns one and 13, lead straight into further corners requiring a good car balance and precise driving. We'll be back to mild ambient temperatures, thus Pirelli has allocated the medium and soft compounds for the race. We are all looking forward to this race."