Kevin Magnussen is sure that he can end his and Renault's points drought in a 'normal' race weekend after his opening two events were hindered by a puncture and a penalty.
Magnussen was able to finish only 12th in Australia due to a first lap puncture, while in Bahrain he was forced to start from the pit lane after failing to stop at the weighbridge during practice.
Magnsusen recovered to 11th position in the race at Sakhir and is confident of breaking into the top 10 in China without further misfortune.
"I’m really excited and I really want to get those first points on the board," he said.
"Give me a normal race with no puncture and no penalty and I think we can do that!"
Magnussen, who finished in 13th on his previous visit to China with McLaren in 2014, is nonetheless wary that the layout of the Shanghai International Circuit will not play to the strengths of the RS16
"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," he explained. "I’m really pumped and excited."