After a troublesome 2015 season, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has expressed his delight at his team's performances during the first two races of the new season.
Since the departure of Vettel at conclusion of the 2014 season, Red Bull has been fighting to stay in contention at the top-end of the grid, with Williams, Ferrari and Mercedes all finishing above them in 2015.
Starting 2016 in promising fashion, Red Bull ace Daniel Ricciardo has already accumulated 30 points this season, something Horner finds very encouraging.
"I think we are in a better position than 12 months ago," he told the official Formula 1 website in a an exclusive interview.
"Progress is being made with the power unit and regulation changes are happening for 2017 already on the chassis side.
"And there is a lot of discussion going on about the power unit situation for the future. So there is a much different outlook than one year ago.”
Looking towards the future, Horner added that it is promising to see Toro Rosso drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz at the helm, as they are the future of the team. He also said that it is healthy competition rather than a nasty one.
"It is a nice situation to have. Both Toro Rosso drivers are Red Bull drivers, as were Ricciardo and (Daniel) Kvyat – and (Sebastian) Vettel before – and all started out at Toro Rosso," he said.
"It is an incredible situation to have such a pool of fantastic drivers. We don’t have an issue with [finding] competitive drivers in the next few year."