Red Bull Racing must keep its focus on its own efforts, rather than worrying about what the opposition is up to, as it bids to close down on Brawn GP in the World Championship at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. That is the view of Mark Webber, who reckons that the team cannot get distracted by either what rivals Brawn - or even surprise contenders like Force India - are doing on track.
"We have got to focus on ourselves and do the best job we can," said Webber, who is currently fourth overall in the drivers' standings. "We can't control Brawn's performances or Force India or whoever's turned it up this week. It's up to us to get the most out of our package and make sure that we do the business in each session and are there for Q3 and in a good position. That's all we did in the past and that's what we have to do in the future.
"It's not the case of 'we have to try harder'. We're trying very, very hard; it's just that we haven't been as strong as we were at Silverstone, Nurburgring (or) places like that."
Webber's teammate Sebastian Vettel, who is just 1.5 points ahead of him in the title standings, is returning to the scene of his sensational maiden victory last year for Toro Rosso. Despite the very different circumstances he finds himself in this year, he thinks the pressures are very similar this time around.
"Without a doubt, Monza 2008 is one of my best memories, as it was where I scored my first F1 win, after taking my very first F1 pole," said the German.
"It was a perfect weekend and one I will remember always, whatever else I achieve during my career. To take this win with Scuderia Toro Rosso, an Italian team, in its home race, with Gerhard Berger standing next to me on the podium, seeing all the team members down beneath us, cheering and crying with joy was an unbelievably emotional experience."
He added: "Things have changed a lot in the space of 12 months. Although at this point last year, the Toro Rosso car was improving and even if we saw we were competitive even in Friday practice, my pole and win were something of a surprise to everyone.
"This year, Red Bull Racing and me and Mark are fighting for the championship titles, so we are considered front-runners. It doesn't put me under any more pressure, but it does mean that our expectations are higher."