After several false dawns, Mark Webber finally managed to open his account with Red Bull Racing at the weekend, claiming two points in the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Both the Australian and team-mate David Coulthard have suffered at the hands of the RB3's unreliability, but the Scot managed to get his first points on the board in Spain last month, leaving Webber to go through the pain of seeing possible top eight finishes disappear from his grasp in Monaco and Canada before finally seeing the chequered flag at the Brickyard.

Having qualified ninth, Webber ran in and around the points positions for most of the race, surviving two brushes with Jarno Trulli to follow the Italian across the line. The battle had been for seventh position, but both drives were elevated one spot by the late retirement of Webber's former Williams team-mate Nico Rosberg, giving the Australian two points for his efforts.

"The race was pretty much a scrap with Jarno from start to finish," Webber smiled, "I would have liked slightly better car balance in the middle stint, but it's good to get two points in the bag. Of course, you always want more - more downforce, more reliability, more speed - but hopefully those things will continue to come and we can look forward to more points finishes like this in the future."

Team boss Christian Horner admitted that the Australian had not enjoyed the best of luck so far this season, but commended him for his fighting spirit at Indianapolis.

"A problem-free race for Mark, and probably his first clean run of the year," Horner said, "It's great for him to finally get on the scoreboard with a solid seventh place today. He very nearly pipped Trulli at the final stop - it was very, very close as he exited the pit-lane - and the team did a great job to put him into that position. We now look forward to Magny-Cours."

 

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