Mark Webber says Red Bull’s continuing car troubles are making the team look “stupid” after the latest in a series of problems left him red-faced at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Problems with his gearbox and Kers power-boost system cost him more than half a second in lap time in qualifying leaving him 10th at the start on Sunday.
Never one to mince his words, the Aston Clinton race ace fumed: “Massively frustrating. We look stupid, it’s embarrassing and it’s a brutal circuit to be out of position on.
“We should be challenging for the front row and we’re 10th.”
Webber was leading the last race in Germany when a rear wheel came off because it had not been properly secured in a pit stop and injured a pit cameraman.
Webber continued to vent his anger: “All the effort you go to and two races on the bounce we get that.
“We didn’t have Kers and we had a basic downgrade of upshifts, so the upshifts were very slow.
“We’ve left a lot of lap time in the garage and we’re massively out of position, and it’s going to be hard to get the points maybe we should have got.”
The Aussie, whose forthright views will be sorely missed in the sport when he leaves F1 next season, drove brilliantly to recover to fourth at the flag, on a track where it’s notoriously difficult to overtake.
It was a superb drive but only serves to increase the frustration at what might have been had he started higher up the grid.
He added: “I was starting out of position and you don’t want to be in the middle of the pack on a track like this because it’s very difficult to get yourself back in the fight.”
“Given all that, to take fourth place was a good effort by everyone. The guys in the garage worked very hard to turn things around after qualifying and they gave me a very good race car.”
There is now a two-week shutdown, before the F1 season resumes on August 25 at one of Webber’s favourite circuits, Spa-Francorchamps.
Meanwhile, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has been linked with a move to Red Bull when Webber vacates for the World Endurance Championship at the end of the season.