Red Bull find themselves in the unusual position of chasing the pacesetters rather than setting the pace themselves as F1 heads to Sepang this weekend for the second round of the new F1 season.
There's no doubt Red Bull's RB8 doesn't yield the superiority its predecessor enjoyed last year. Quite notably this translated into McLaren outperforming them with some ease during the Australian GP, especially in the hands of Jenson Button.
So both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will be looking to dial their RB8 into the Sepang Circuit very quickly as the pair chase the McLarens.
Vettel, as usual meticulous in preparation, highlights the importance of finding the 'right compromise' on a circuit that demands so much of a car in so many areas.
The defending world champion will be hoping he has the ingredients to repeat his success here twelve months ago.
“The heat, high humidity and weather aren't the only challenges, as the main thing is to find the ideal car set up,” the world champion explains. “There are two straights of almost one kilometre, but you also need a lot of wing on the car to create enough downforce for the corners, so it requires skill to find the right compromise.
“It's good to go there off the back of Australia and I hope we get another strong result.”
Webber comes to Sepang not only off the back of his strongest home result but enjoyed a relatively competitive weekend in comparison to team mate Vettel, who he out qualified without the use of KERS.
The Aussie will be looking to continue his strong pace in a car he seems much more comfortable in this season.
“Malaysia is obviously very, very hot, so the track temperature is very hard on the tyres, which needs managing,'' Webber highlights. “The track is beautiful to drive on; you really get to feel the sensation of a Formula One car, particularly in the middle sector.
“It's a great venue and, as a track, it has different demands to the Melbourne circuit, so that's something we'll be looking to get on top of very quickly.”