Mark Webber says it’s still too early to judge how competitive Red Bull will be at the start of the year.
But he said the team’s pre-season preparation was “better than last year”.
“The start of last year was probably one of our weakest for a while and that translated into results as well,” he told media in Barcelona.
“Sebastian [Vettel] and I were scratching for the podiums for the first five or six races, that was evident from our winter testing that we were probably a little bit off. I think we’re probably a bit better than that.
“Whether that’s enough to go out and win at different venues remains to be seen. You need to have a very good car to win at different venues and we only find out that when we go to those venues.
“We could have a car here, a red one or silver one or whatever, that could have phenomenal performance and we can’t match that early doors. That’s what Formula One is like.
“We need to be ready for any scenarios and the good thing with this team is there’s no resting on laurels, we go in with our eyes wide open with respect to the opposition.”
Webber said he would be in a better position to judge how competitive Red Bull will be in Australia after the end of testing: “Let’s see what we have at the end of the week”.
“I need to do a deal with Jenson [Button] because I usually win his race and he usually wins mine,” he joked. “I’m sure he’s happy to do a deal.”
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