Mark Webber was far from satisfied with his fourth consecutive points-haul, the Australian frustrated that he was unable to mount a challenge on Fernando Alonso despite carrying more fuel than the Renault.
Starting from within the top ten once again, Webber s opening lap was compromised when Ferrari s Kimi Raikkonen and Alonso almost touched at the first corner and Raikkonen drifted into the Red Bull s path.
The 31-year-old was unable to retake the position from Alonso despite the Spaniard pitting early on Lap 15 Webber emerging from his own pit-stop right on the tail of the Renault with Nick Heidfeld leap-frogging both of them.
“Renault sh*t all over us,â€ griped the typically outspoken Aussie after finishing seventh. “I couldn t stay with Fernando today I was expecting to do better and I m disappointed really.â€
“Of course, it s good to get points but it s disappointing we couldn t take the fight to Fernando a little bit more but we weren t quite quick enough. To be honest, it was a boring race for me.â€
Team-mate David Coulthard meanwhile, who kept his nose clean for the first race of the year, just missed out on the final points paying position having been overtaken by Nico Rosberg at the pit-stops.
“I just missed out on points today, which is frustrating, but I ve looked around my car and there s no damage, so at least we finished a race without colliding with anyone!â€ jibed the out-of-luck Scott.
“I raced as hard as I could. I dropped half a second just before my second pit stop and came out just behind Nico (Rosberg), which was probably the deciding factor.â€
“I think the strategy guys did a good job today, I just wasn t able to eek the last little bit of pace out of the car. I had a little bit of understeer and difficult drivability getting the throttle open, which cost a tenth of a second per lap.â€
Red Bull Racing s Team Principal Christian Horner echoed his drivers disappointment but was satisfied with the progress the Milton-Keynes based outfit had made, both cars qualifying and finishing within the top 10.
“Mark was mainly racing against Fernando (Alonso) today and was very close to out running him at the first pit stop; I think he missed out by half a second, which was unfortunate. Seventh was ultimately the outcome and we collected a fourth consecutive points finish.â€
“David lost a position to (Nico) Rosberg on the first lap and spent the rest of the afternoon chasing him. He looked quicker, but unfortunately we couldn t out run him through strategy today, and David finished an always frustrating ninth.
“We re pleased to have maintained our one hundred per cent reliability record after another promising weekend.â€