Australia was a really motivational race for the entire team - even though we still have work to do, it feels like we've turned a corner, and that we have a racecar we can definitely work with this year.
It's important that we keep pushing hard on the development front - we brought some useful upgrades to Melbourne, and it was encouraging that they worked straight out of the box, but it's essential that we keep pushing new items through the development pipeline, especially at these flyaway races, where it's harder to bring parts to the circuit.
FRG: Mercedes seems to be the clear pacesetter at the moment, with Nico Rosberg finishing a comfortable 24 seconds ahead of the field in Melbourne. Given you're using the same power train, what areas will your team be focusing its efforts on over the coming weeks in order to close that gap?
We showed in Australia that we can score good points if our car is reliable, and we need to consolidate that over the next few races – and one of the ways to do that is to make sure that we're bringing new parts to the track as fast as, if not faster, than our chief rivals.
Sepang is a great driver's circuit, and a place that should suit our car quite well – even if we don't have the overall package, we should have the balance and driveability to make the car work. And that's really encouraging, because it means you go into a race weekend knowing that you can usually get the maximum from the car during the sessions and the race. Even if we don't yet have the pace to take the fight to the frontrunners, we should have a car that's strong in every sector, and which we'll be able to hustle through the race – and that definitely counts for something.
FRG: There were fears that reliability issues would become the deciding factor in race results this season, but the biggest talking point in Australia was Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo losing his 2nd place finish some 5 hours after the chequered flag due to a technical infringement relating to fuel flow rates. Do you think the new regulations have become too complicated? Are they in danger of ruining the spectacle for the fans who want to see races decided on the track?