Red Bull's Italian Grand Prix on Sunday will be an exercise in damage limitation after failing to qualify on the front row for the first time since this race one year ago. The team's blemish-free record was blotted with fourth and sixth on the starting grid, their worst since last year's race at Monza. Even with much of the forthcoming tracks due to suit the characteristics of the RB6, the team will be hoping to limit the damage done by Ferrari and McLaren as much as possible.
Even before the teams set foot in Italy for this weekend's race, Red Bull were adamant that the race would be their weakest of the season, and Saturday's laptimes have definitely proved that assumption to be correct. Mark Webber, who took fourth, was almost half a second behind polesitter Fernando Alonso, while team-mate Vettel was over seven tenths off pole.