Sebastian Vettel has said Red Bull Racing need to 'make sure they come back strong' at the next race.
Vettel missed out on the win again today in Hungary and while second place was still good enough to allow him to extend his lead by eight points in the race for the F1 2011 drivers' title - he is now 85 points up on his closest rival, team-mate Mark Webber – the speed of the McLarens and the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso is getting to be something of a concern.
Indeed in the last five races Vettel has won only once and that may pray on his mind over the summer break, especially with the next event in Belgium not taking place until the end of August.
“I was struggling a little in the first stint on the intermediate tyres. Lewis [Hamilton] was a bit faster and then I went into Turn 2 too deep, it was quite tricky – he was pushing quite hard and I tried to be on the edge,” Vettel reflected.
“At some stage I realised it would be too late, so I opened the car because I know the white lines and the green paint afterwards is very slippery, so it's easy to have a spin, and I lost the lead.
“After that the track surface was drying. I think we could have maybe come in a lap earlier and then I was on the super-softs – I was feeling quite good initially, but there was quite a lot of drop off, I think it was the same for all of us.
“In the last stint, I did feel I had more speed in the car, but with 20 laps to go it was difficult to know how hard it was going to be at the end, so I couldn't push as hard as I would have liked, but still, second today is an important step.
“The McLarens are strong in all sorts of conditions and it's clear that for two races now they have made a step forward; we need to make sure we come back strong for the next race.”