Daniel Ricciardo thinks he has a good chance at winning back his Melbourne podium.
Red Bull has vowed to appeal the stewards' decision to throw out the Australian's popular home race result due to irregularities with fuel flow into his Renault engine.
Early on Monday, having learned the bad news only at midnight after Sunday's race, the 24-year-old told the local Herald Sun: "I'm not really in a place ... not in the mindset to talk about it right now."
But after jetting from Melbourne to his native Perth for a few days of training before Malaysia, Ricciardo told the West Australian newspaper that he is confident Red Bull will prevail.
"Otherwise they wouldn't (appeal). It's a lot of time for them and some money as well so they have confidence that we can turn it around, but it's going to take a while until we know," he said.
F1's other two engine suppliers, however, are siding with the FIA, despite Red Bull team boss Christian Horner insisting all three manufacturers had trouble with the mandatory fuel flow sensor in Australia.
But Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali said: "We need to rely on the fact that it is a situation that is well managed by the FIA."
And Mercedes' Toto Wolff was also quoted by the Guardian newspaper: "The FIA is obviously controlling fuel flow and checking with all the teams, and it is a question of learning by doing it between the FIA and the teams."
But Ricciardo said he thinks Red Bull has solid grounds to be unhappy with the Melbourne ruling.
"They feel that it's not black or white, it's a little bit shaded, so that's why they're going to fight it and we'll see how they go," he said.
It could take some time before the FIA schedules the actual appeal hearing, but Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko thinks the matter needs to be at least clarified urgently.
"The device that measures the flow rate has weaknesses," he told Kleine Zeitung newspaper. "In our opinion we were within the regulations.
"This has to be clarified by the next race, because at the moment there is not a reliable measurement," Marko insisted.
F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, meanwhile, thinks the entire rule limiting the flow of fuel into the engine should be scrapped.
"The whole regulation, to me, seems a bit of a joke," he told the Mirror.
Ecclestone said he thinks the rule limiting each car to just 100 kilograms of fuel per race is enough.
"If you use too much you are going to run out of fuel. It seems to be that simple and if it isn't, it should be," he said.
Ecclestone to push for louder F1 engines
Bernie Ecclestone has vowed to get to work on making formula one loud again.
The F1 chief executive said he is "horrified" by the purring tones of the new turbo V6 era, arguing it will drive race promoters and spectators away.
Ecclestone was critical of the new engine formula long before the first 1.6 litre 'power unit' was fired up, but his latest comments follow Melbourne race organisers' claim the low volume may even be a breach of contract.
"It's not what we paid for. It's going to change," Australian Grand Prix chairman Ron Walker told Melbourne's Age newspaper.
Walker said he has spoken to his friend Ecclestone already, while Ecclestone admitted he has been on the phone to FIA president Jean Todt.
"What I've said is that we need to see whether there is some way of making them sound like racing cars," the 83-year-old Briton told the Telegraph.
"I don't know whether it's possible but we should investigate.
"I think let's get the first few races out of the way and then maybe look to do something. We can't wait all season. It could be too late by then," said Ecclestone.
Hamilton still on track to beat teammate - Lauda
Lewis Hamilton is still in the hunt for the world championship despite failing even to finish in Australia.
That is the view of Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda, who revealed he consoled the Melbourne pole-sitter by harking back to his own F1 history.
After Hamilton retired at Albert Park only to see his German teammate Nico Rosberg go on to win, Lauda said: "I hugged him (Hamilton) and said 'This was only the first race.
"'In 1984 I also failed in the first race but I was world champion in the end'," Lauda recalled telling Briton Hamilton.
Indeed, while Lauda retired in the pits at Jacarepagua in Brazil, his McLaren teammate Alain Prost won the race.
But Lauda went on to win the 1984 title by half a point.
Asked how Mercedes has managed to get off to such a strong start in 2014, Lauda told the Osterreich newspaper: "Because we have been best with the new engine regulations.
"Also last summer, when Red Bull was still focusing on the 2013 season, we were already developing our new car," he added.
Italy's La Repubblica declared after Sunday's Australian grand prix: "The F1 revolution has its leader."
But Mercedes chief Toto Wolff expects Red Bull to catch up.
"With these new cars," he told Kleine Zeitung newspaper, "the development curve is much steeper than usual."
He said the reigning world champions had already "caught up massively" between the winter season and Melbourne.
And Red Bull's increasingly confident Dr Helmut Marko said: "We know what is still to come in our car and the (Renault) engine.
"On the engine we are still nowhere near the maximum," he insisted.
McLaren's Jenson Button, however, thinks that at the moment, F1 has a clear leader.
He said: "Right now we seem to be able to fight against everyone -- except one."
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