Mark Webber described Red Bull's Belgian Grand Prix 1-2 as one of its best ever team achievements, particularly given the prerace concern over tire blistering.
Leading teams had asked if they could be given dispensation to take on fresh Pirellis for the first stint following blistering problems in qualifying, but the request was denied as the officials felt the high wear was due to set-up choices rather than an inherent tire issue. Red Bull was one of those worst affected by the situation, with both its cars pitting within the first four laps of the race, but Sebastian Vettel and Webber still had the pace to come back through to first and second.
"The team result today was probably one of our best results ever as a team," said Webber. "It was stressful last night, and a stressful morning, handled very well – putting drivers right in the discussions to understand how we can get through the grand prix as safely as possible, us giving them feedback on how tires looked."
Webber's strategy then went awry in the race, as communications issues meant he stayed out much longer than intended on his second set of tires.
"I was supposed to pit when Seb did, but had a completely blocked radio," he explained. "I asked if I was wanted to stop, but heard nothing."
The Australian had already been delayed at the start when his anti-stall system kicked in and he slumped from third to eighth.
"The start was shocking, I dropped the lever and anti-stall came on immediately," said Webber. "Seb had a close call too. That was a disappointing way to start."
His recovery drive included one of the most bold overtaking moves of the season, as he went wheel to wheel with Fernando Alonso into Eau Rouge as the Ferrari rejoined after a pitstop.
"Most of the race was charged with frustration from the start," Webber admitted. "We were obviously very, very close through Eau Rouge, I used some KERS, got a tow and thought I might have a chance.
"We didn't give much easy, it was a good battle. It was rewarding that it worked OK, but it takes two guys to get it right. You can do it with Fernando – he is a world-class guy and knows when enough is enough."