Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has set his sights on notching up some 'strong points' in the next two back-to-back races in Malaysia and Bahrain.

Vettel was forced to retire from the 2014 F1 season opener in Australia last weekend due to a mechanical issue. However, with Daniel Ricciardo initially finishing a strong second in the sister car - prior to his exclusion due to fuel-flow irregularities, the German was still encouraged, especially given how the Milton Keynes-based outfit had struggled in winter testing.

"We still have a lot of work to do with the car but it was encouraging to see that our pace was better than expected in Australia - hopefully we can build on that and start collecting some strong points in the next two races," Vettel confirmed ahead of the second round in the 2014 F1 World Championship.

"Next stop is Kuala Lumpur, which I like as a city. Downtown can sometimes seem sterile, but then you turn a corner and the streets burst into life with the night markets. Whenever I have time I try to go there and see what they have to offer."

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Vettel has won the Malaysian GP three times in the last four years and will clearly be hoping to at least get on the podium in seven days time.

"Looking to the track, the two overtaking possibilities are the first corner and before the last corner, which in both cases is after a long straight; my favourite corners are five and six," he continued.

"Beside the challenge of the circuit, you have to cope with the tropical heat [too]. We can be driving in humidity of up to 90 per cent, while big thunderstorms in the afternoon are not uncommon," he added.

Meanwhile, he also noted that he is looking forward to heading back to the BIC straight after the event at Sepang: "From Malaysia we go to Bahrain, where we've recently been for winter testing, so it will feel quite familiar and after the high humidity in Malaysia it will be nice to go to dry heat. Because the circuit is in the middle of the desert, sand can be blown up in the wind on to the racing line.

"The circuit has a nice combination of fast, slow and medium corners and is pretty technical to drive. I also like the rosewater they have instead of champagne!" remarked Vettel, who won at the Sakhir circuit in 2013 and 2012, and was second in 2009 and fourth in 2010.