Mark Webber angered by 'embarrassing' Red Bull technical snags in Hungarian GP qualifying
Veteran will start on fifth row after KERS and gearbox issues
By James Galloway. Last Updated: July 28, 2013 7:38am
A "massively frustrated" Mark Webber has claimed his problems during qualifying for the Hungarian GP made World Champions Red Bull "look stupid" after they consigned him to a middling tenth on the grid.
The Australian had looked on course for one of his strongest qualifying sessions of the season after strong form throughout practice but those hopes were effectively scuppered in Q1 after an electrical issue intervened on his RB9.
Although Webber managed to haul his troubled car into the top-ten shootout in impressive fashion despite not having full access to the KERS power boost around the 4.4km lap, tenth place was as far as he progressed as the team took the decision to sit out Q3 in order to at least gain the benefit of having more fresh tyres for Sunday's 70-lap race.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1 immediately after the session, Webber, no stranger to KERS-related problems over the last few seasons, cut a hugely disappointed figure.
"KERS, gearbox, you name it. Driving the car around so far off the potential it's unbelievable, so it's massively frustrating," he told Natalie Pinkham.
"We look stupid, it's embarrassing. It's a brutal circuit to be out of position on. We should be challenging for the front row which is possible and we're bloody tenth.
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"So a pain in the a*** and it's amazing all the effort you go to and then you have two weekends on the bounce when you get that."
The small flip side is that Webber will be able to run a counter strategy to the front-runners, who are now all locked into running on the less durable soft tyre, and could theoretically bring himself into play further forward later in the race.
However, although Red Bull will be allowed to fix his KERS unit under parc ferme regulations, the Hungaroring is one of the hardest circuits on the calendar to overtake on. Webber is fully aware he faces an uphill struggle to get back in position.
"We've got to get car operating at the limit the first thing tomorrow. It's a long race with not everything functioning correctly," he admitted.
"KERS was [operating at] 50% of it and there were other things. We managed to tick every box in qualifying and made it hard.
"So we've got to get that sorted for tomorrow but as usual it's going to be hard to get the result we could have potentially got."