After a first lap puncture and pit-lane start effectively scuppered his chances in the Australian and Bahrain grands prix, Kevin Magnussen is hoping that a clean run in China will yield Renault's first points of the 2016 F1 season.
The Dane has not enjoyed the best of luck since his F1 return coincided with that of the Renault factory team, but he remains optimistic enough to hope that the regie
can contend for a top ten position at Shanghai International Circuit. Rookie team-mate Jolyon Palmer finished just one spot out of the points - and one ahead of the Dame - in Melbourne and Magnussen, despite having to start behind everyone else in Bahrain following a weighbridge infraction, came through the field to occupy the same spot in round two.
"It is pretty frustrating!" Magnussen admitted, "That's how it is in racing sometimes, but we are very close so that does give us motivation.
"I'm enjoying being back behind the wheel, pushing hard and overtaking, but you have so much work to do from the back that you can have a very strong race yet still finish in eleventh. If we start further up the order and don't have a first lap incident good things can happen.
"The car feels really good - of course, we want more downforce and more power, but show me a race driver who doesn't ask for that - so I'm really excited [for China] and really want to get those first points on the board. Give me a normal race with no puncture and no penalty and I think we can do that!"
Although his previous visit to the Chinese Grand Prix didn't yield any points, Magnussen knows that there are opportunities to pick up position at SIC.
"My race in 2014 wasn't the best, as I struggled with the car I had, meaning I finished in 13th position," he recalled, "Certainly, I'm hoping for a better result on my second visit.
"We know our weaknesses and perhaps Shanghai's not going to be the friendliest track for us in terms of these, but I still think that if we have a good race we can challenge for points. There are two DRS straights so that's obviously where you look first for overtaking opportunities. The biggest chance is into the first turn as the DRS zone starts very late on the start-finish straight so you can get close to the car in front. That said, I'm always going to go for any opportunity no matter where it presents itself on a lap!"