Mark Webber and David Coulthard believe Red Bull Racing's true pace in Monaco was masked by a niggling series of errors and reliability woes throughout practice today, but remain confident of maintaining the squad's upward turn in form come qualifying and the race.

Although both drivers ended the opening day inside the top ten, they had hoped for more, particularly given Webber's sixth place showing in the morning.

"We had a hydraulic problem in the second practice session," the Australian explained. "When we're on the track we're going pretty well, but we're not always able to run for as long as we'd like.

"I touched the barrier at Ste. Devote this morning - that seems to be proving quite a tricky corner for most people - and I was lucky to get away with just a damaged rim. The rest of the car was ok, but the guys changed the gearbox as a precaution. I'll be here with the guys tomorrow but, to be honest, I wish it was Saturday tomorrow, as I'm looking forward to qualifying."

Team-mate Coulthard was also in the wars, and hopeful of putting his bad luck behind him come qualifying and the race as he seeks to uphold his excellent record in Monte Carlo, one that has seen him twice triumph and last year register Red Bull's first - and thus far only - podium finish in the top flight.

"It was a disappointing day," the Scot admitted. "We didn't achieve anywhere near the number of laps we wanted to due to some technical issues this morning and because I damaged the car's rear wing and floor at Loews Corner this afternoon. The guys fixed the damage during the afternoon session and did a great job to do it in the time, but nonetheless it was a bit of a shabby day."

 

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