Lotus' Romain Grosjean is confident he can score his first F1 points for almost a year after qualifying eighth for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Frenchman outshone team-mate Pastor Maldonado as he reached Q3 for the second time this season, though he says it took a 'big risk' in changing the settings to get him up to pace having struggled on the first day.

Indeed, though Grosjean believes it will be hard to progress beyond a battle with Red Bull, he thinks his first points since last year's Monaco Grand Prix are in the offing.

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"We made some big changes overnight, took some risks, but I was happier with the car this morning and it was going in the right direction. I think there is a clear line of what we need to do on the car to go quicker, we just have to find how to do that.

"I think eighth is probably where we are right now. We are going to chase the Red Bull, which is not so good in a straight line, so that always gives you a chance and then we do our best. I think it is probably a more difficult race than Malaysia was in terms of performance, but I am confident the changes overnight are going to make a difference and I can score my first point in almost a year!"