Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz says that Sebastian Vettel is better prepared for the forthcoming season than he has ever been before.
Although Vettel dominated the 2011 campaign, winning 11 races en route to his second title, the Red Bull Racing driver is showing no signs of taking things for granted in his efforts to grab another crown.
Mateschitz told Gazzetta dello Sport that he believed Vettel was heading into the 2012 season in his best shape yet.
"Sebastian has improved and is stronger than ever," said Mateschitz. "He has prepared during the winter break like he's never done before and he will certainly not let us down. What he needs for his third title is a competitive car and on that aspect we'll be able to evaluate where the teams are going in the first tests in Jerez."
Mateschitz concurs with recent comments from Vettel, who said that more success for Red Bull Racing could help the team achieve legendary status in the sport similar to that which Ferrari enjoys.
"What Sebastian says is certainly right. Ferrari has become a legend through victories and titles, too. How many titles are needed for that isn't so important; what counts now is the hat trick in 2012."
When asked about which teams he believes Red Bull Racing's main rivals will be in 2012, Mateschitz said: "McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes. I think in this order."