Red Bull Racing have expressed their disappointment at failing to get either of their two cars into the top ten on the grid for this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix, after the drivers complained of grip and balance problems during qualifying.

Mark Webber and David Coulthard will begin the race from respectively twelfth and 13th spots, less than a tenth of a second apart and each only narrowly failing to make the Q3 cut. Both know there is much work to do if they are to make decent progress come Sunday.

"It's disappointing not to get into the top ten today," Webber remarked. "I thought we'd go better here. The conditions out on-track for qualifying were very similar to this morning, but we need to improve the consistency of our car from lap-to-lap and we need more grip."

"The car is teetering on the edge between a little bit of understeer and a little bit of oversteer," added team-mate Coulthard, "so I can't really say there's a fundamental problem with the balance. That was as quickly as I could drive each corner.

"Maybe I could have gone one or two tenths quicker by doing a tidier lap, but no more than that. We really need more downforce or less drag."

Team principal Christian Horner was confident the pace was in the car to make amends in the race, but predicted a tough battle ahead in an ever-more competitive midfield pack.

"In the first run in Q2 both drivers comfortably made it into the top ten," he said, "but unfortunately neither managed to improve their time on the second run and ultimately we dropped to twelfth and 13th positions. Both drivers had moments on their last laps and, when the grid's so tight, that's the difference between seventh and 13th."

"Let say we are a little bit disappointed," concurred Renault principal track support engineer Fabrice Lom, "as we were targeting making it into Q3 today with both cars. It was really tight once again and we were perhaps not able to get the most out of our package today.

"We have made some good progress since the beginning of the weekend, but the other teams have clearly done the same. The engine worked well and we chose an aggressive set-up for qualifying. We hope it will be good for tomorrow's race as well."

 

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