Red Bull Racing were left frustrated with an eighth and tenth place finish in the Chinese Grand Prix after bad luck with pit stop timing managed to undo their hard work in qualifying.

Having managed one of their best ever qualifying performances with fifth and seventh on the grid, David Coulthard and Mark Webber ran solidly in fifth and ninth over the early course of the race, the former enjoying the conditions but the latter complaining of understeer.

However, things began to unravel as the conditions changed in quick succession at around the time both Coulthard and Webber were due to make their pit stops.

Indeed, Coulthard and Webber both switched to slick tyres just as a shower deluged the circuit again, but while Coulthard stuck with his decision, Webber came in again for treaded rubber. Unfortunately for him, the rain stopping meant he was back in yet again to change back to slick tyres, ruining any hopes of a points finish.

Coulthard's race was also badly affected, the time he lost on a slippery track meaning he dropped out of the top ten and only sneaked back into eighth place when those ahead made scheduled stops. Nonetheless, he was pleased to get another points finish on the board following his fourth at Fuji.

"A frustrating race. To start fifth and finish eighth is pretty disappointing, but at least we take a point from China and move closer to Williams in the battle for fourth in the Championship. It was a bit of a lottery with the tyres today and unfortunately at the point I changed to dry tyres it started to rain lightly costing me around 30 seconds in two laps."

Webber meanwhile blamed himself for the tyre malaise, and is now looking forward to Brazil where he hopes he can overhaul Williams' four point advantage in the constructor standings.

"I had massive under steer on my wet tyres in the first stint, which made it very difficult to get through Turn one and twelve - important corners for lap time. I made the call to go to dry tyres, which was about the right time for my pit stop. It was a tough call to know if wet or dry tyres were best.

"Once on the dry tyres, the rain started again and I saw a car off the track on the last corner and also had a moment myself. I made the call to put wets back on, which wasn't good, as the rain didn't last for long, so I had to go back onto dry tyres again. Unfortunately, we didn't quite get it right today. David's point has closed us up to Williams a little bit, so let's see what we can do in Brazil."

 

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