Mark Webber made it clear after the Australian GP that he was mystified as to why he was off the pace in qualifying and the race.
The Aussie ended up making three stops when Sebastian Vettel made two, and he finished up in fifth place some 38secs behind his team mate, who was obvious pacing himself in the later stages.
“It’s not the result I was after obviously,” said Webber. “I wasn’t quick at all today, and the same in qualy, so we need to understand the reasons why I could not hold the pace. There wasn’t much more I could do today, obviously lost the last position to Fernando at the pit stops.
“It was a tough race, to be honest. I was pushing as hard as I could, but I wasn’t getting much back. Similar to yesterday. I haven’t been on the pace all weekend, and we’ll look into why.
“Seb drove a good race, but it’s not really normal for me not to go with the rhythm at the front, I should be able to stay with these guys, and yesterday also I was struggling.
“I finished a long way behind today and had trouble with the tyres very soon in each stint. This was a difficult Grand Prix for me, we’ll learn a lot next week, go through everything, see where we can improve things.”
Asked if he thought there might be a problem with the car he said: “You’ve got to look at everything, [including] yourself, and obviously to finish that far behind is not really usual. Stay cool, first race, obviously disappointing not to get a much better result here. It was certainly possible, but in the end everyone deserved the result they got today, and that’s what they got.”