Mark Webber admitted that he took too long to get up to speed on intermediate tires after only finishing fourth in the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Red Bull was unable to fight for victory at Sepang, with Webber only moving up to fourth when his team-mate Sebastian Vettel relinquished the position late on having sustained a puncture in contact with Narain Karthikeyan's HRT.
Webber said he did not think that the result meant Red Bull was fundamentally off the pace, more that its setup had not been quite right to instil confidence in the drivers on the slippery track.
"I think when it's mixed like that, on intermediates especially, it's down to how you have the balance, how the pressures are, the feeling and the confidence of the driver in those conditions," he said. "I felt more confident before the red flag, and then after, on the restart, we went to the inters pretty quickly. Everyone decided to do that and it was the right thing to do.
"But it took me too long to get comfortable with the car on the intermediates, and that a very, very long stint – it was not very Formula 1 driving around with that little grip.
"But all of us had to get on with it, and when the track started to get dry, I felt much happier and we were going along all right."
After dominating the 2011 season, Red Bull has yet to win in 2012, but Webber insisted there was no hint of crisis, and felt the Sepang result was decided more by tire tactics and wet race incidents than actual car performance.
"Still plenty of positives for us out of this weekend," he said. "We would've liked a slightly better result, but there were some inspired calls, we saw that with some strategy up the front, and hats off to those guys.
"When you're in a position to roll the dice a little bit, you might get a double six – and those guys did today."