May 4 (GMM) After Sebastian Vettel's first win of the season in Bahrain recently, Red Bull could now maintain its grip on 2012.
That is the claim of the legendary triple world champion Niki Lauda.
Red Bull has been the dominant force since late 2009 and 2010, and Vettel was untouchable last year as he successfully defended his drivers' championship breakthrough.
But four different teams have won so far in 2012, and only the last of them were Red Bull and Vettel, as the energy drink-owned team's superiority appeared to have waned.
After Bahrain, however, Red Bull and Vettel are back, Lauda told Germany's Auto Bild Motorsport.
"In Bahrain, they got the car and the tyres right for the first time, and they won," said the Austrian.
"They will have improved the car further in Mugello, so I see enormous potential for another dominant season," he added.
Lauda acknowledged that the blown diffusers of the past seasons was Red Bull's "great strength", and now that is gone.
"Nevertheless, Red Bull is the team to beat," he insisted.