Mark Webber has admitted that his Red Bull Racing team needed to score points from races that didn't go its way if it was to challenge Brawn Grand Prix for this year's Formula One titles.
Aware that the unique nature of the 2009 campaign - in which last season's top three, Ferrari, McLaren and BMW Sauber, have all failed to shine after struggling to adapt to new rules - might have presented his best opportunity to take the F1 crown, Webber pointed to Brawn's ability to make something from poor performances as the key to the battle at the top of the table.
While both he and RBR team-mate Sebastian Vettel have won races in 2009, Webber knows that neither have made the most of the problems suffered from time to time by Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello, leaving the Brawn pair to battle it out for the title over the final three races, with Vettel remaining as a rank outsider.
"We have been quite sensitive to some of the circuits," the Australian told AAP
, "In Valencia, we were struggling a bit, and also in Monza. We have had some incredibly strong circuits, but also some quite weak circuits.
"Brawn GP had some tough weekends too, but they did manage to score some points out of those. They also had a very good start to the championship, with Jenson in particular dominating the first four races - there were a lot of points scored there."
Webber appeared to be the fast-starting Button's main challenger after winning the German Grand Prix, but has faded since, with back-to-back accidents in Italy and Singapore seeing his title hopes vanish completely.