Mark Webber insists that he is not worrying about his F1 championship chances just yet, despite falling 40 points behind Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Australian continues to sit second in the individual standings but, while Alonso snagged a solid fifth place in Hungary, saw a risky switch to a three-stop strategy fail to pay off as he dropped to eighth place, conceding another six points to his rival. Webber also finished eighth in the previous race, in Germany, while Alonso racked up a third win and has now seen the drivers immediately behind him - Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen - close to within eight points, but maintains that it is too early to begin panicking that his chances may be evaporating.
"We left a bit on the table today," Webber, who saw a title bid unravel when up against Alonso and Vettel in 2010, admitted to AAP
after the Hungarian race, "I'm lying second in the championship, which is okay, but Fernando is still putting some good finishes together and he's got a good little lead. We'll just continue to take each race as it comes and deal with the championship situation later on in the season."
Having hunted Alonso down to win the British Grand Prix at the start of the month, Webber remains confident that he and Red Bull can raise their collective game to challenge the Spaniard over the remaining nine rounds of the season.
"The next three weeks are a chance for everyone in the team to recharge their batteries and spend some time with family and friends," he noted, referring to F1's summer break, which lasts for much of August before the field reconvenes in Belgium, "We'll then head to the last nine races and get as many points as we can. I love Spa-Francorchamps. It's one of my favourite racetracks and I'd absolutely love to win there for the first time."