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Red Bull looking for repeat of 2014 turnaround

20 Mar 2015

Red Bull head into next weekend's Grand Prix in Malaysia hoping to stage a turnaround similar to that performed ahead of the opening round of their 2014 campaign.

Though they struggled for form in this year's opener in Australia - Daniil Kvyat retired on his way to the grid, while Daniel Ricciardo was lapped on his way to sixth - Red Bull say they can take heart from their remarkable gains in the early part of 2014.

"Last year the progress we made from the third test to the first race was significant and one of our strengths is our development rate," said Paul Monaghan, chief engineer, car engineering.

"We have the best team in place to repeat our success and we are working as hard as we can to improve as much as possible ahead of Malaysia."

Monaghan said the team had also analysed the issues that afflicted Kvyat at Melbourne, adding: "After investigating post-race, we found that the reason Daniil's gearbox overheated and was unable to select a gear on the way to the grid was due to a lack of oil pressure. As a factory we have been working hard to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Ricciardo, who was the only non-Mercedes driver to triumph last year, said there are obvious areas in which Red Bull can make progress.

"I'm feeling good going to the next race," he revealed. "I know we have a lot of things to improve on and I'm optimistic that we can achieve some of those in Malaysia, which will give us some more performance. 

"The season has started and I think if anyone had any first race jitters they're gone and I think Malaysia should run a lot smoother for everyone."