Mark Webber has echoed those who claim that a second grand prix victory - and more - should come more easily now that he has taken his first, but admits that it would be 'unrealistic' to believe that Red Bull Racing's recent dominance will continue to the end of the season.

The Australian was inundated with congratulatory messages following his Nurburgring success on Sunday, and has hardly been able to stop for breath since, with charitable and media engagements interrupting his aim of being able to celebrate with the 'backroom boys' in Milton Keynes, but Webber admits that he is still revelling in his achievement.

"Absolutely," he grins, "It was a very special day. Personally, it was very nice, but the fact that the team also got another one-two seems to have got ignored. That was also very important. We've made the most out of the last couple of races, we couldn't have done better. I'd had two second places, so I knew the momentum was with me and now I've got the win. It's just great to finally get the victory, to get the monkey off my back."

Having knocked around in cars that failed to support his ability, Webber will be acutely aware that other drivers found success relatively late in their careers and went on to bigger and better things, and eagerly acknowledges that, having broken through into the winners' circle, the psychology of winning should be easier to handle.

"It's probably true that the sense of relief is almost bigger than the sense of achievement," he admitted, "I've done a lot of races and, for a huge majority of them, I didn't have a chance of winning because the car wasn't up to it - and, also, they featured a guy called Michael Schumacher and he tended to do a bit of damage himself. In that era, you needed to be in a Ferrari or a McLaren but, now, in this new era of F1, there are other teams in the mix and I am very happy that the situation with Red Bull Racing means we are in a position to challenge for podiums and wins at every grand prix - as long as we get things right.

"I've now crossed the uncharted waters of pole position and a victory, so that can only help - it can't be a hindrance, that's for sure. To lead and not be the chaser was a first for me, and I hope that the momentum can continue, even if there is no doubt that there will be some tough races in the future. But getting this first win means that when it's close, the races might seem more straightforward for me."

Much has been made, especially when Sebastian Vettel was the only race winner on the books, about whether Red Bull should be favouring one driver over the other, but Webber's win in Germany prompted team boss Christian Horner to confirm that the policy of equality would remain - something that the Australian is happy about.

"The good thing is that [the situation] is incredibly straightforward," he insisted, "All we drivers and the team have to do is turn up and try to do the best job we can. We know how important Saturday's qualifying is and, maybe one day, that part of the weekend might not go as smoothly as planned for either myself or Sebastian. Plus there are other rivals mixed into that, so it's not just a straight fight between the two of us.

"Sebastian and I might come across each other quite a bit in the races, and that will be reflected in the points tally. It will continue to see-saw either way until one of us has a blip in performance. It's unrealistic to expect us to have one-two finishes through to the end of the year, and there will be interesting grands prix to come. For the team, it's an incredible position to have both its drivers on virtually equal points, which bodes very well for the constructors' championship, [even if] Jenson [Button] is our big hurdle in the drivers', as he is two grands prix in the lead in terms of points."

Webber managed to make it back to RBR headquarters in Milton Keynes to celebrate with the rest of the team, but admitted that, between stepping out of the car and setting foot in the factory, life had been a bit of a whirlwind, with numerous media requests and an appearance at Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting's charity dinner.

"I had around 80 or 90 texts after qualifying, and maybe 160 after the race - I didn't know so many people had my bloody number!" he laughed, "But I think I made a bit of a schoolboy error. We got back to the UK late on Sunday night and the downside was that Australia was just waking up. So, having dealt with all the press here in Europe, I then had to deal with my home continent. I was flat out from nine in the evening 'til two in the morning, as so many people were getting in touch to congratulate me, but I couldn't bring myself to switch my 'phone off, so there wasn't much sleep, that's for sure.

"Attending the factory debrief on Monday was incredible. As an intro for me, they played the recording of my car-to-pit radio as I crossed the line - I didn't realise how long I was shouting for! But the response was incredible. There are still a lot of people at the factory whom I worked with back in my Jaguar days there and we have been through a lot together. There are also a lot of new people, who haven't been in Formula One for that long and they are at the start of an incredible journey.

"As a team, as a group of people working together, including those at Renault, everything that Dietrich [Mateschitz] has done, and Adrian [Newey] with his group, and Christian [Horner], we have finally unlocked the door to success. The past few years have certainly been tough, but now we have clearly made the most of the new regulations and shown we are a team that can fight at the front. We know we can expect some fights this season with other teams coming through, but that's what this sport is about and we're ready for it."

As well as his team, however, Webber admitted that there were a few other people that deserved his gratitude for their support.

"I got an email from Sir Jack Brabham and his son, David, which was great," he revealed, "The Brabham family has always been fantastic towards me. I remember, 15 years ago, Jack telling me that he had always found it great to come over and beat those Europeans, even if he didn't put it quite as diplomatically as that! Certainly, a small part of my victory is down to Jack, because my father was a great admirer of his and probably I wouldn't have been racing cars without Jack lighting that little fire in the Webber family.

"And my dad's been incredible too, particularly in the early days, because when you are very young, in your early teens, you can't make all the big decisions for yourself and you need support. Dad was always very much a single-seater man, so that was always the path we followed. I think back to how incredibly balanced he was with me, when I was out of the car, in terms of the total lack of pressure he put on me to go and do my best. He never had any problems with the guys I was racing, like some of the other bloody fathers can do. He doesn't get heavily involved and that's always been his style. Of course he's proud, but he's always let me get on with it and it was good to have him there for that special day."