Daniel Ricciardo believes that Red Bull will be able to close the gap to Mercedes after he finished on the podium in the Australian Grand Prix.
Ricciardo was later disqualified from second position due to his RB10 exceeding the fuel flow rate limit but the Australian says that Red Bull took a lot of positives from the first round of the season.
Red Bull is appealing Ricciardo's exclusion from the race.
"It's mostly positives: I did a good job in the car and I got to stand on the Australian Grand Prix podium – and no-one's taking the sensation of doing that away," he said.
"What happens next is outside of my ability to control but honestly, I'd rather it went down like this than have retired from the race with a mechanical problem. I'll take a podium and a subsequent disqualification over that any day of the week."
"The work we did in the winter targeted reliability rather than performance. It was only in Melbourne that we got the opportunity to start working on a set-up. The RB10 surprised us by being pretty competitive in the dry and very competitive in the wet. It's going to get much better as we dial it in over the next few races and catch up with those teams that did more miles pre-season."
Ricciardo reckons Red Bull is currently in a battle for second place but is confident that the world champions can eventually usurp Mercedes.
"At the moment, we're in the battle to be the second-best team," he said. "Obviously that isn't where we want to be but it's exceeding our expectations of only a few weeks ago. I think once we really get into the setup of the car, we'll be able to close the gap to Mercedes. Obviously they're going to improve too but I think we're in a good position to make bigger strides."