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Webber learning from Hockenheim struggles

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Mark Webber does not expect to struggle in Hungary as much as he did during the German Grand Prix © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber says he has learnt from his disappointing race at Hockenheim ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Having won the race at Silverstone two weeks' previously, Webber struggled to eighth place in Germany having started in the same position following a penalty for a gearbox change. When asked if he had worked out why he was unable to make progress and challenge at the front, Webber said it was mainly tyre-related and being compromised by his starting position.

"[I've] got a few little ideas, yeah," Webber said. "I think we were particularly weak on the harder tyre. Didn't have a chance on the option obviously in traffic and just then people teeing up undercuts and stuff like that so we didn't really get going in that first stint with free air.

"I think obviously the penalty - I finished the first lap out of position as well and that just compounded as the race goes on, but clearly we were not quick enough in certain sections of the race. We had some small differences between the way we probably set the cars up but it wasn't all in set-up; as I say, the compounds, the tyres are the main thing we've got to always understand."

With the same two tyre compounds - soft and medium - available in Hungary, Webber said he wasn't concerned about encountering a repeat of his problems.

"No, it's OK. I think it's a very, very different track, different temperatures on the circuit and just a different layout. I've done well on it in the past so looking forward to that again this weekend."

When asked about the engine mapping clarification that the FIA sent to the teams this week, Webber said that it would have little impact on Red Bull's pace or the way he drives the RB8.

"Very, very small, I would say. Very small. I mean the guys haven't really even spoken to me that much about it so I think that seems pretty tame on our side so we'll just get on with it ... we're making a small change, no problem at all. We'll be fine."