Carlos Sainz anticipates the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix to throw up similar challenges from winter testing rather than what his Toro Rosso team has worked with in the opening two rounds.

The 20-year-old driver has enjoyed a solid start to his F1 career with two points finishes in Australia and Malaysia. The Spaniard is expecting a different test altogether at the Shanghai International Circuit, with a lot more pressure on the front end of the car and the front tyres.

The young driver has never raced at the Chinese circuit but is excited ahead of his debut in Shanghai with Toro Rosso.

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"It's a very special and unusual circuit according to what the team engineers tell me," Sainz said. "Normally, with the Pirelli tyres, the rear end of the car is the most difficult to deal with, but in Shanghai it's the front axle that requires the most careful attention as you can have some front graining. That means it could be similar to conditions we encountered during winter testing."

The Shanghai circuit has a lot of flowing high-speed sections which will not only test the Pirelli tyres but also the much-criticised Renault power unit.

Sainz, along with his team-mate Max Verstappen, has never raced around the 3.387-mile Chinese circuit and is interested in exploring his new surroundings.

"China is a circuit that I don't know at all, in a country that I don't know very well, so I am looking forward to enjoying a new experience," Sainz added. "The track looks challenging, with really long corners taken at high speed, which is something I am looking forward to."