Mark Webber thinks Red Bull Racing has nobody to blame but itself for failing to make the most of its speed advantage in the opening races of the season.
Despite the Australian and teammate Sebastian Vettel having taken pole position at each of the first four races of the season, the team has secured just one victory – and been forced to see rivals McLaren and Jenson Button lead the title standings heading into the European part of the campaign. But despite what has happened, Webber believes the team needs only to look to itself to do a better job, and is confident the situation can turn around quickly.
"It can take one weekend," said Webber at the new launch of the new Silverstone Arena track on Thursday, when asked about the time line for getting himself back in the title hunt. "We know the points system fluctuates very, very fast. The middle part of the championship last year for me was very, very good, and that is what I am looking to do again but with a different result at the end. I want to keep going and keep finishing.
"Melbourne didn't go our way – but as I said, altogether, drivers and team, we know we would have liked to have done a bit better. But we didn't deserve it. You get what you deserve. We are looking to do better."
Webber thinks Red Bull Racing has the tools to deliver regular race wins – but reckons the key is eradicating the errors that have stopped it doing that at every weekend.
"Consistency is the big thing," he said. "That comes with executing clean Sunday afternoons. You could write a dossier of where things could be improved, but so could Ferrari.
"There is not any team that has come away from the first four flyaways and gone, 'Yeah, we've left nothing on the table.' Every team has, and we have. And we are looking to address them as quickly as we can. There are lots of things."
Webber echoed earlier comments that he was confident the new Silverstone layout would suit his Red Bull Racing perfectly – but went further in suggesting there should be no weak venues for the RB6.
"All of the tracks are [good for us] – unless the bloke upstairs turns the hose on every now and again! We are optimistic at all venues now.
"We have seen the car is quick everywhere, we just need some clean Sunday afternoons, really. The scoreboard never lies. We are not where we want to be, but we want to improve and people who have got the results this year have got them because they deserve them – i.e. Jenson Button. We need to do a better job when the sheep stations are up for grabs."
He thinks the title chase will remain tightly fought for weeks yet, with none of the big four teams able to open up an advantage by the time the Silverstone venue comes to hosting the British GP.
"I don't see one team breaking away at that stage. I think it will be pretty tight between all the teams – Mercedes GP is there, too. It is going to be who is doing the most consistent job. For a team to be breaking away, of course I hope it is us, but I don't think it is going to be easy."
When asked if he felt if any one of McLaren, Ferrari or Mercedes GP was more of a threat than the others, Webber said: "I think all three are dangerous. And it can change quite quickly."