Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber has said that ninth place was the 'maximum' he could do on Sunday with the rather unspectacular Renault-powered RB3.

Speaking following a rather frustrating race for the Aussie, after he started ninth and then finished in exactly the same position, he added that while the team 'gave it everything' and he was happy with his own performance, in the end it just wasn't quite enough for them to break into the top eight and score points.

"Regarding the strategy, we thought that if we could get some clear air between lap 20 something through to 30, we'd switch to a three-stop strategy, but it wasn't enough for us to get a point," he explained.

"The car balance improved as the race went on, and I had slightly better pace in the last two stints, but I don't think there was much more we could have done. I was happy with how I drove, we gave everything."

As for the coming three-week hiatus now, Webber is looking forward to a bit of rest and relaxation: "It's good now for everyone to have a break," he continued.

"We want to re-group so we can finish the last six races [beginning in Turkey at the end of the month] as strong as we can be."

Webber's team-mate, David Coulthard meanwhile had an even tougher race and he eventually finished one spot lower in tenth.

The Scot assessment of his day was short and sweet: "It was very inconsistent between sets of tyres out on track, so it was difficult to judge our out and out performance," he explained. "Other than that, there wasn't too much to report from this race."