Mark Webber has insisted that reliability won't cost Red Bull Racing a chance to win the championships in F1 2010.
Webber, who is gearing up for his home grand prix this weekend in Australia, kicked off the new season by finishing eighth in Bahrain two weeks ago. However his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel missed out on a likely win due to a spark plug failure. He eventually limped home in fourth, having been passed by the Ferrari's of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa and the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton.
Despite that though, and despite several issues last year - mainly with the Renault engine, Webber is confident the Milton Keynes-based operation won't be blighted by similar problems again this season.
"Yes [we will be okay this year]," he told BBC Sport
. "No team out there is totally bombproof and there will be little hiccups every now and then.
"We've learnt a huge amount about the car in the last few months and we'll continue to do so. I have full faith in them."
Asked if he can win the title this season and beat the likes of his team-mate, Webber said that is the target.
"It's certainly my goal to finish ahead of as many drivers as I can, but the higher up you go the more difficult it gets," he continued. "Sebastian is pretty solid and had an impressive season last year, but there were certain parts of that year when it was very close between us.
"I hope it's as close again this season - if we continue to push each other that in turn helps the team. This time I hope it's in my favour at the end of the season. Nothing is easy is ever given to you but I'm going to give it a crack."
As for the likely peaking order for F1 2010, Webber added that we won't get a real idea of that until the circus returns to Europe at the start of May for the Spanish Grand Prix.
"It's very early on in the championship but it is clear that there are four teams - Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren and Mercedes which are very competitive. I think after a couple of European races then we will see how competitive the rest of the season will be though. By then we will know which team has come up with various developments and whether one team has gained an advantage or not," he summed-up.