After that it was a case of putting his head down and getting on with damage control, knowing that his chances for a home podium were effectively over for another year.
"That's spilled milk," he summed up. "We need to operate better and not have those issues.
"I think even if we had a smooth day the way Lotus ran the race with two stops, it was going to be difficult for us to fight against that," Webber admitted. "It looked like we were not that quick anyway to challenge for the win as a team.
"We salvaged something in the end, but that was Melbourne today and it was disappointing not to get more out of it," he said. "I think the disappointing thing for us as a team was that we weren't probably as strong as we thought we'd be, but that's F1 - it can change very quickly."