Mark Webber was left to lament a lack of tyre wear for his rivals after only finishing eighth in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull
ace had only qualified in eleventh place but made a fine start on the medium compound Pirelli tyre to climb to seventh on the opening lap, and worked his way up to fifth ahead of title rival Fernando Alonso.
Running on a three-stop strategy however, Webber slipped back after his final stop and then lost out when others didn't hit the tyre troubles that he expected, while a differential issue also hit his chances of getting higher up the order.
“We were hoping people would be in a bit more trouble with their tyres at the end,” he said. “We were in fifth place and had a nice cushion, but we've had plenty of times this year where the tyres had stopped working towards the end of the race. Today it didn't really work out that way and we lost places through trying something different.
“I was quicker in the closing stages, but it's hard to overtake here and I couldn't get the job done. Still, we moved up three places from the start, we have good points and it's very open for the rest of the year.”
Webber now sits 40 points behind Alonso in the title race after the Spaniard was able to extend his lead, but Red Bull
chief Christian Horner said his team was till well placed going into the summer break.
“We go into the Summer break 53 points in the lead in the Constructors' Championship and second and third in the Drivers' Championship with nine races still to go and an awful lot of racing to do,” he reflected. “I think everyone deserves a well earned break and will come back in Spa in a month's time fully re-charged.“