Mark Webber is depending on Red Bull
to solve its KERS issues ahead of the European leg of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship having struggled to make it work during the opening three rounds of the season.
Though Red Bull
has shown impressive single lap pace, particularly in the hands of Australian Grand Prix
and Malaysian Grand Prix
winner Sebastian Vettel, the team is yet to get its head around the KERS system.
Putting it at a potential disadvantage to its direct rivals, the benefits of KERS were highlighted by Lewis Hamilton's charge to victory in China last weekend. Indeed, so far this year, Vettel has only run a part-time system in the races, while Webber hasn't run it at all.
"McLaren have a huge amount of experience with Mercedes from 2009 and they're doing a good job of it, and that's not an excuse," Webber said in his column for the Herald Sun
"It means that we have to work harder, we have to work as cleverly as we can and as fast as we can. Fortunately, we now have a bit of a break, so it will be a clear focus for us in terms of durability and consistency and also understanding the system.
"We have awesome guys on the case. With the limited experience we have, that's the way it is and we're still going okay in the constructors' championship, so let's regroup, get to (the next race in) Turkey and work hard on it."
Though it hasn't significantly affected their results overall, Webber says it is becoming a frustrating and time consuming issue that is busying the team nearly every race weekend.
"It's not only a performance thing but it's also incredibly disrupting in the garage. My car was rebuilt about four times this weekend," he added.
"It makes it so much harder for them in terms of making mistakes, when you open a car up and put it back together all the time, it's not easy."
Despite the problems, Vettel's two wins and a second place have given him a comfortable 21 point advantage in the overall standings. Webber is fourth, 31 points adrift having lessened the damage of his 18th place starting position in China with a superb drive to third.