Mark Webber admits insists that Red Bull will remain right at the sharp end of the grid through the remainder of the F1 season despite seeing McLaren and Ferrari take honours in the last three races.

Fernando Alonso's victory at Silverstone has been followed by victories for Lewis Hamilton in Germany and Jenson Button in Hungary, with Red Bull's last success coming in June through Sebastian Vettel in Valencia.

Although Vettel retains a healthy lead in the drivers' championship and Red Bull are well clear in the constructors' championship, recent results have breathed new life into a title race that appeared to be already over, with both McLaren and Ferrari vowing to do all they can to close the gap through the second half of the season.

Writing in his post-Hungary column on the BBC Sport website, Webber insisted that recent results weren't a sign that Red Bull are on the back foot, despite the fact that improvements can be made after the summer break.

And in an ominous warning to the team's rivals, Webber said the form shown through the early stages of the season wasn't about to disappear.

"It looks from the outside as if McLaren and Ferrari have caught us up a bit," he wrote. "But actually there have been hardly any dominant victories, all the races have been pretty tight this year. Even when Seb had his phenomenal run of victories at the start of the year, the McLarens and Ferraris were never far away.

"The margins are very, very tight these days and on race days you need to get everything right to win - that's something we haven't been able to do of late. I was in with a shout during the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring against Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, and Seb was challenging Jenson Button and Lewis in Hungary on Sunday.

"Of course, we are aware of the areas we have to work on, and we certainly wouldn't pick Spa and Monza, the next races, as our best two tracks to fight back on. But Red Bull have always been there at every race. We've had good reliability, and we're not going to lose that consistency and form overnight.

"We're not going to be rolling over easily as a team, that's for sure."


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