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Mark Webber says Red Bull Racing’s strong points haul in the European Grand Prix has given it a clear goal for the rest of the season – ending the year as the fifth-best team.
RBR more than doubled its 2007 points tally with its best-ever double finish at the Nurburgring after Webber and team-mate David Coulthard took advantage of the wet conditions to rack up a combined total of 10 points.
The result pushed the team up to sixth in the constructors’ standings – ahead of Toyota and to within two points of Williams – and Webber says it must continue to exploit any chances for big points that come its way in the rest of the season.
“To get 10 points for the team at one event was extraordinary because they are very hard to come by these days,” he told Formula 1’s official website.
“It’s great that the team now has an absolutely clear focus to beat Toyota and Williams to fifth in the constructors’ championship.
“We need to be around again on days like the one we had at the Nurburgring.
“Other examples could be Spa and Fuji, where the race could be affected by exceptional weather circumstances.”
Despite a string of impressive grid slots since the start of the season, a series of mechanical problems with his RB3 on race days had limited the Australian to just a couple of points before the European round.
However he says he has been pleased with his consistency since joining Red Bull and is looking to maintain his form throughout the final seven races.
“I’ve been happy with all my races this year as I think in terms of the lack of incidents and the pace, I’ve been the most consistent driver for the team since the start of the year to now - and I’ll continue to do that,” he said.
“I’d be absolutely wrapped if we can score more points in Budapest as that’s our goal, along with beating those teams I’ve previously mentioned in the constructors’ championship.”