Mark Webber has said he feels Red Bull is making good progress with the new RB8 despite the team failing to make it onto the podium in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.
Thus far, the new car has been off the pace in both Australia and Malaysia, where Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso instead shared victories and McLaren took a pair of pole positions.
Red Bull has made no secret of the fact that its new car is still a work in progress but Webber said he felt good progress had been made so far with development of the new machine with plenty of chance to shine through the remainder of the season.
“We're making a lot of progress with this car,” he said. “The guys are all working really hard and Adrian [Newey] knows exactly what's needed to improve it. Rob Marshall, Peter Prodromou – all the guys in Milton Keynes – are working really hard. Thanks to all of them and we know there will be many more opportunities to shine in the future.”
Webber took his second straight fourth-place finish in Malaysia in an action-packed, rain-affected race, but admitted that drivers at the front had deserved their success after Alonso and Sergio Perez emerged as an unexpected 1-2.
“I simply ran out of laps to close any further on Lewis, although I think he was controlling his pace and the gap to me in the last few laps,” he said. “There must have been some pretty inspired calls up the front. You've got to take your hat off to Fernando and Sergio. They rolled the dice and it paid off for them.
“Ultimately, though, I can't be too unhappy with fourth. It's a good haul of points on what was a difficult day at the office and there have been a lot of positives this weekend. We're improving the car all the time.”