The Shanghai International Circuit has always been a good one for the Bulls, with their first ever win as a team coming there, and with Daniel Ricciardo winning last season's race.
Still, Verstappen remained critical of the RB15, and the tyres in particular.
"The tyres are pretty weak, they degrade quite a lot the softer compounds," the 21-year-old told Sky Sports F1.
"So it's not really nice to drive. You're really just managing tyres."
With the Bahrain Grand Prix not going according to plan as Verstappen finished outside of the podium places, the five-time Grand Prix winner thinks Red Bull will come back stronger in China.
"I think we were all quite confident that if we could solve that [set-up issue in Bahrain] it would look already a lot better and I think that showed today, it's not too bad."