Webber: Red Bull can bounce back 01 Jun 2010
You could have cut the atmosphere at Red Bull with a knife following the collision between the teams drivers, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, during Sundays Turkish Grand Prix. But Webber, who lost out on the chance to clinch a third consecutive victory because of the incident, is certain the team will bounce back and put on a united front as they look ahead to the rest of the season.
The Australian eventually finished the Istanbul Park race in third, behind the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, after being forced to pit for a new nose for his RB6. Vettel, who was running in second when he had an opportunity to overtake his team mate, span into retirement.
Its a real shame for the team because we lost a good opportunity to win the race, explained Webber in a video posted on Red Bulls official website. Obviously one of us could have won it. But this is sport and it can happen. If you look back, you of course want to handle things a lot more differently, and that it is something we can learn as a team. We are in unchartered waters. Both of us were leading the championship and both of us were at the front. The team - collectively with the drivers - all of us have to learn how to deal with these situations maybe better in the future."
People have to remember that we are still a very young team. To take McLaren on week in, week out is not an easy task, but one that Red Bull are hungry for. We have proven that we will fight them hard. So it is a feather in our cap on one side, but also on the other side we are still learning.
"And unfortunately in Turkey we learned in a way which wasn't the best way. You know, teams like Ferrari and McLaren have had these days. They know how tough it can be when you have some adversity. We need to bounce back and be united as a team, and keep going."
And despite the disappointment, Webber is still leading the drivers championship, with 93 points to Buttons 88, and the 33 year-old is feeling positive about his chances over the forthcoming Grands Prix.
"I like the car, the team have been great and are doing a good job with the car, he concluded. I have had a few good races at the last few events. But in general I will just keep doing my best - that is all I can do. I give 100 per cent for myself because that is what it is about at this level.
You want to get the absolute maximum out of every session, every single race. So far it has been going really, really well. Obviously (the Turkish race) was a bit of a speed hump in our programme. We've all had tougher days, I've certainly had tougher days in the past, so I will bounce back from this and, you know, well press on."