F1: Red Bull faces test

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Mark Webber: Red Bull faces stiff test.

By ADAM COOPER on 7/24/2011

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Mark Webber admits that Red Bull Racing has now been beaten fair and square twice in a row and has lost the advantage it had earlier in the season.

Although the RB7 is still dominant in qualifying, and Webber himself has had pole for the last two races, he concedes that the team is missing race performance, relative to the opposition.

In Germany, he led the second stint but ultimately slipped back to third place.

“We got beaten at the last race, and we got beaten here, so you don't have to be Einstein to work out that we need to keep working hard,” said Webber.

“Overall, mixed emotions. I don't think I could have got much more. I think I drove to the limit of the car. All of us did. Lewis deserved the win. Fernando [Alonso], all of us, were pushing hard for the majority of the Grand Prix, and it comes down to the teamwork in the pit stops and everything together.

“In the end, I'm disappointed not to win of course, but we will keep pushing for Budapest. We know we have to improve the car on Sundays. It's an area that has been brewing the last few races, and it is something that we need to try to address soon.”

Webber expects Hungary to be more suited to the car: “The car has been very, very quick on Saturday and normally enough on Sundays to win Grands Prix. Obviously, the last two we have been done fair-and-square. Seb last weekend, me this weekend, so we didn't really have much to punch back with. So hats off to the opposition. That's what it's about, but it is good that we have only got four days and we are in Budapest again to try and have another crack.”

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