Having been denied the chance to continue the stellar start to his F1 career, Sauber rookie Felipe Nasr is looking forward to returning to the top ten at the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Brazilian claimed an unexpected fifth place on his race debut in Melbourne a month ago but, having been set on the back foot by handing his car over to development driver Raffaele Marciello for FP1 in Malaysia, was never a factor for points, especially after clipping Kimi Raikkonen at the start.

As a result, Nasr is keen to make amends in China, and believes that he will at least have the advantage of already knowing the layout of the Shanghai International Circuit.

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"Last year during the Chinese Grand Prix, I had my first FP1 session with Williams so [although] I have never raced on this circuit, it is good that I have already got to know it," he confirmed, before acknowledging that FP1 remains crucial, "The track has a combination of high-speed and low-speed corners, which is quite demanding for the tyres and challenging to find a good balance for the car."

After the Sauber team's successful return to form in Melbourne, where both C34-Ferraris scored points, the team also proved to be competitive at Sepang, even if the scoreboard did not reflect its efforts. Because of that, Sauber awaits the Chinese Grand Prix with optimism, with both Nasr and team-mate Marcus Ericsson - who crashed out early in Malaysia - positive about the car's chances of being able to score points.

"The circuit has a straight which is the longest on the whole race calendar, and I believe this could be positive for us as we have a strong top speed," the Brazilian reasoned, "The track has some low-speed corners too, so traction can be important as well, [but] I am looking forward to a positive race weekend and to scoring points again."