Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber was a little bit disappointed at the end of the Italian Grand Prix today, despite re-taking the lead in the battle for the F1 2010 drivers' title.
Webber had a bad start and slipped to ninth at the end of the opening lap. He then fought his way back to eventually take sixth and eight crucial championship points. However he felt he could and should have done better.
Indeed he was especially frustrated to lose so much time behind the Williams Nico Hulkenberg, who, in his view, unjustly held him up by cutting the chicane after the start-finish straight a number of times.
“We could have got more points today, so it's a bit disappointing, but at least we got some,” Webber said. “We lost out on the start and the first lap. I lost a lot of time behind [Nico] Hulkenburg [too], he seemed to spend every second lap going through the chicane, but the stewards left him alone which was frustrating. I got him in the end, but I lost a lot of time.
“I've had a better day than Lewis [Hamilton, who retired] and got more points, but Fernando [Alonso] won the race. It's good to get some points, but you always want a bit more.”
Red Bull Racing team boss, Christian Horner however, was pleased with the result - especially as Monza was always going to be about damage limitation, as it doesn't really suit the Adrian Newey-designed RB6.
Furthermore with Webber re-gaining top spot in the drivers' championship thanks to his sixth place and Sebastian Vettel grabbing fourth right at the end, the Milton Keynes-based outfit actually gained a few points on McLaren in the constructors', extending its lead from 1 point to 3.
”As a team performance today it was a great effort – especially after difficult starts and first corner where positions were lost. Both drivers produced excellent races and I think that the strategy and pit stops were well optimised,” Horner added. “The unfortunate thing today was the time that Mark lost behind Hulkenburg, who went off the circuit a few too many times in our opinion. But we still got very valuable points.
“Our objective prior to the weekend was to try to limit the damage, so to come out of the weekend back in the lead of the Drivers' Championship with Mark, while extending the lead of the Constructors' Championship is more than we could have expected,” he summed-up.