Daniel Ricciardo steered Red Bull to victory in China 12 months ago, but heads into this season's race with new team Renault and a pair of DNF's to his name.
The amiable Australian believes perhaps he and the team are trying to be "too clever" in their approach.
"One thing we've assessed is maybe we're actually trying to do too much over the course of the weekends," he said.
"We got the chance to analyse on the Monday after [Bahrain] and we established that we're maybe currently trying to do too much, where I'm trying to settle in and also my engineers are trying to [learn how to] work with me. And probably all of us, we're trying to be too clever as well.
"I don't want to say that, because you're always trying to find the limits.
“But for now, maybe we need to keep a more basic approach and just do what we can, do it well and then probably not look for that extra one per cent at the moment."
The historic 1000th F1® race weekend officially starts on Friday, with Free Practice 1 beginning at 12.00pm AEST, folllowed by Free Practice 2 at 4.00pm AEST.