Australian Mark Webber slammed his Red Bull team on Saturday after suffering what he called ongoing 'stupid and embarrassing' problems with his car in qualifying for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. While his Red Bull team-mate defending triple world champion German Sebastian Vettel was beaten to pole by a sizzling lap from Briton Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes, Webber was giving vent to his frustration.
Electronic problems once again played havoc with his efforts and prevented his car's KERS from working and upset the car's gearshift system. Webber battled the problems and made his way through the first two parts of qualifying, but did not run in the top ten shootout and qualified 10th.
He said: "KERS, gearbox, you name it... driving the car so far off the potential is unbelievable and so massively frustrating. "It's stupid, it's embarrassing and it's a brutal circuit to be out of position.
"We should be challenging for the front row and we're bloody 10th. So ... a pain in the arse. "It's amazing... all the effort you go to -- and it's two weekends on the bounce where you get that."
Webber is widely regarded as the unluckiest man in the pit-lane by paddock regulars after suffering a series of car problems. He said he now feared he will struggle to improve on 10th in the 70-laps race at a circuit where overtaking is almost as difficult to achieve as it is in Monte Carlo at the Monaco Grand Prix.
"The team have got to get the car operating at the limit tomorrow," he said. "It's a long race and things need to be functioning correctly. KERS was 50 per cent [of the problem] and there were other things. "So we managed to tick nearly every bloody box in qualifying and made it hard.
"Hopefully we'll get that sorted for tomorrow, but it's going to be hard to get the result we should do." Webber's difficulties appear to have intensified since he announced at the British Grand Prix that he will retire from Formula One at the end of this year to go sportscar racing with Porsche.