Mark Webber has attempted to defend Red Bull Racing's poor record of converting front row lock-outs in qualifying into 1-2 results, insisting that the team has been beaten by superior opposition on race day.
The Milton Keynes operation has enjoyed a qualifying domination not seen for some time, with five lock-outs in ten races so far. However, the team has yet to convert any of those into a 1-2 finish, with the only such results coming in Malaysia, where Vettel came from third to beat poleman Webber to the flag, and Monaco, where the German overcame front row starter Robert Kubica to join his team-mate on the podium.
Webber, however, is at pains to point out that it is not just a case of Red Bull carelessly throwing away 1-2 finishes, despite leading 72 per cent of the laps completed heading to Hockenheim.
"There is an element of people saying we should be 5000 points in the lead, but I don't really think we should be - for many reasons," he told journalists ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix.
"Seb had a couple of victories taken away from him [by mechanical problems] at the start of the year but, if you look at Turkey, we were not fast enough. Yes, we had an incident on the track [while disputing the lead], but we were not fast enough in the grand prix. In Canada, we had a different tyre strategy for qualifying and, as the race turned out, [fourth and fifth] was the result we deserved."
The Australian, currently third in the drivers' standings, is also keen to allow his rivals' their moments of glory.
"We are not taking credit away from what other people are doing," he insisted, "At the end of the day, there have been some calls from Jenson [Button] from the cockpit, a few great victories there, and that's how it has been.
"We'll look to capitalise on some of those qualifying positions in the future, but there are no points given on a Saturday. We know that and we are looking to do better. It's not like it's a no-brainer on Sunday afternoon, [where] we just drive off the front row and disappear. We have got some work to do and that is evident as you can see by the points."