Although Red Bull eventually left Australia without a single World Championship point, Sebastian Vettel was buoyed by the RB10’s much-improved pace.
After a trying pre-season in which Red Bull struggled to string together more than 20 laps, the team headed to Australia not expecting much.
As in testing, Vettel suffered the bulk of Red Bull’s Renault woes while his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo showed some promising pace.
The Aussie qualified second behind Lewis Hamilton and finished second to Nico Rosberg only to later be disqualified when his car was found to have exceeded the fuel flow rate during the grand prix.
But despite the disappointing end to the weekend, Vettel says it was an “encouraging” performance and one the team is looking to build on.