May 12th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished fourth and fifth in today's Spanish Grand Prix, which meant the Red Bull team scored a decent haul of 22 points, but the World Champions were unable to compete with the front-runners for pace and had tyre management issues throughout the race.
Reigning Drivers' Champion Vettel is not normally a man who settles for fourth place, but it was clear from his comments after the race that the podium was simply out of reach.
"I think we can be happy with fourth today. The first three cars were a little bit too fast for us and regarding looking after the tyres, they did a better job.
"We need to catch up; we’re not going the pace of the car, we’re going the pace of the tyres and obviously we do something to make the tyres wear more. We got some good points today, although of course we wanted more.
"The start was good, we then tried to hold on with a three-stop strategy, but had to change to four stops." Said Vettel.
Mark Webber made another poor start - he seems to be struggling off the line over the past couple of seasons - but drove a competitive race to recover to fifth, just 9 seconds behind his team-mate. Webber was happy with his own performance, but explained that Red Bull need to find more performance.
“We were struggling for the range and a bit of pace today, to be honest. The Ferraris and the Lotus were in a bit of a different league and that made it hard for us to compete today. I think we got the most out of what we had, particularly as by the first corner I was probably 14th or 15th, so to come back with that result was pretty good.
"We managed to get back in to the scheme of things, but we were always a little bit on the back foot in terms of tyre wear and ultimately pace. If you don’t have the pace, then you can’t have the magic strategy. I was happy with how I drove and we got some points, but it wasn’t the result we wanted." The Australian said.
The good news for Red Bull is they have not lost the lead of either championship - Vettel is four points clear of Raikkonen at the top of the Drivers' Championship while Red Bull are 14 points clear of Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship. And Mark Webber is something of a specialist at Monaco - the venue for the next race - which could mean a large haul of points for the team. It is, however, clear that Red Bull need to make some significant progress if they are to take either title for a fourth consecutive year.