Williams will use the Chinese Grand Prix to bring updates to its FW37 as it looks to claw back ground on the leaders following an indifferent start to the new year.

Though comfortably the third fastest team on the grid following the opening two races, Williams has lost ground to Ferrari and Mercedes, a gulf it is hoping to bridge as the series heads to Shanghai and the Chinese Grand Prix.

Regarded as one of the more demanding circuits on the F1 calendar, particularly for tyres, due to the long corners and the traditionally cool temperatures, Williams' Rob Smedley says it is a technical challenge

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"On the back of a very hot race in Malaysia, we head to China where we are expecting considerably different conditions. It is often a struggle to get the temperature in to the tyres for qualifying, and you then have to manage front left tyre degradation in the race. That struggle will be even tougher this year with the improved rear Pirelli construction.

"It's a challenging circuit, with a tough left hander before one of the longest straights on the calendar. The turn 1, 2, 3 complex is also very interesting and offers a good technical challenge. There are two different techniques here for a quick qualifying lap and a quick race lap, so we will work through these early in the weekend to be prepared.

"We have a few upgrades coming to the FW37 that we are expecting to deliver an increase in performance. There is always a high probability of rain, so we will also need to be prepared for this possible curveball."

It is a view shared by driver Felipe Massa, though he believes he can apply the lessons learned from pre-season testing in Barcelona.

"China is a similar track to Barcelona where we have conducted most of our pre-season testing, so we have a lot of data that can assist us in setting up the car. The track is harsh on the front tyres, often resulting in graining. It's a good circuit, and you will always see overtaking there due to the long straight, which has the added DRS effect as well."