Felipe Nasr is hoping to 'keep the momentum from China' with Sauber looking to maintain its advantage in the tight middle order battle.

The Brazilian driver grabbed a solid eighth place finish last weekend in China to head the midfield pack in the drivers' standings. This weekend Nasr is focusing on building on the result in China for the first night race of the season at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Nasr feels the Sakhir track is one which suits the Sauber C34 which the driver feels the team needs to optimise against its closest rivals.

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"It can be positive for us that the circuit has a few straights due to our high top speed," Nasr said. "In Bahrain there are three facts which are important for a good lap time: Braking stability, traction, as well as a good balance for the car in the high-speed corners in sector two. I am looking forward to it, and I hope we can keep the momentum from China."

The 22-year-old is returning to a track he is very familiar with after his time as a GP2 driver. Nasr claimed a second place finish in 2013 while racing for Carlin in GP2 and the Sauber driver also enjoyed an F1 session in Bahrain 12 months ago for Williams.