Red Bull came away from the German Grand Prix disappointed, as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished in fifth and eighth place respectively.
Home favourite Sebastian Vettel had been challenging long time race leader Fernando Alonso, but dropped behind McLaren's Jenson Button in a pit stop phase. A controversial off-the-track pass on the penultimate lap saw him retake second, before stewards handed him a twenty second penalty. He is therefore classified in fifth place.
“We had a decent race today although there wasn't enough pace when we got close to Fernando and we also lost a position to Jenson who had a good pit stop and came in earlier. A couple of laps before that, I lost some time with Lewis as he un-lapped himself.”
“At the end of the race, Jenson's tyres were gone and we were able to close the gap again. It was then a question of when, rather than where, and I tried to outbreak him. He opened the break again and then was up the inside; I wasn't sure where he was, I couldn't see him in that moment, so decided to give enough space and went off line on the slippery paint and I was able to stay ahead and get past him.”
“The only intention was not to crash and to give him enough room. I have respect for him and I didn't want to squeeze him. It was good to be on the podium at the home race, but I have to respect the steward's decision,” he concluded.
It was a particularly frustrating day for Mark Webber. The British Grand Prix winner incurred a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change, and started eighth. Despite his best efforts, he struggled in the race and was unable to make any progress. It was a blow to his championship hopes on a day that Fernando Alonso took another victory.
“I had no pace today and wasn't quick. I couldn't stay with people that I normally can, so we'll look into it and come back in Budapest. I'm disappointed, as I expected to get more out of today's race. Normally Sundays have been ok for me, but not today,” he explained.
“After the first lap it wasn't too bad, I got Lewis, but after that I was just hanging on. This is a completely different track (to Silverstone), but we have to be quick in all conditions and today we weren't for whatever reason.”
“It was also disappointing to receive the penalty after the race but we accept this. We leave Germany with points for both drivers and we maintain our lead in the Constructors'. We will now focus on the next race which is only one week away,” team boss Christian Horner said.