Mark Webber's frustration at retiring from a third straight grand prix began to get the better of him in Monaco, the Australian clearly unhappy at further mechanical problems.

Having again qualified in the top ten, and run strongly in the points positions, Webber's race ended with the Red Bull-Renault crawling down pit-lane on lap 18.

"There were a couple of things going on," he sighed, "First, I had a small misfire on the engine, which wasn't really fantastic, especially through the Swimming Pool section, but it also affected me at other parts of the track. I was pressing on and dealing with that. Then I lost third gear and, although I tried switching between second and fourth, the car kept locking up. Initially, I tried to drive around the problems but, when that happens here, you end up in the fence looking even more stupid!"

Team boss Christian Horner confirmed that the misfire on Webber's car had 'confused' the RB3's gearbox, eventually causing the demise of third gear, while also reporting that contact involving David Coulthard and Toro Rosso's Tonio Liuzzi had put paid to a point-scoring recovery drive from the Scot.

"The damage sustained was greater than suspected and he lost a considerable amount of time, which prevented him from getting anywhere near a points-scoring finish," Horner said, "It tops off what's been a frustrating weekend where the potential was there to score points, but we're going home with nothing."

Coulthard confirmed front wing damage from the collision with Liuzzi, but admitted that changing the broken part was not an option.

"I damaged the front wing and end plate, so I had a lot of understeer all through the race," he explained, "We were debating whether or not to change the wing at the pit-stop, but decided to stick with it as the time lost in changing it would be so high. But we couldn't get anywhere."

 

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