Jenson Button was left bristling with frustration following a day of struggle in Germany.
The World Championship leader trailed home fifth behind another Red Bull Racing one-two, their third of the season, but this time with Mark Webber leading home Sebastian Vettel in the German Grand Prix.
Button's lead is now 21 points, with Vettel taking up second place in the Drivers' standings just 1.5 points ahead of Webber and three ahead of Button's Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello.
After six wins from the first seven races, the balance of power has undoubtedly shifted the way of Red Bull in the past two grands prix at Silverstone and the Nurburgring.
"It was really frustrating, a difficult race for us in which nothing went right, as at Silverstone," assessed Button.
"In the first stint I was stuck behind (Heikki) Kovalainen and had nowhere to go. I couldn't get past him.
"Then the pace was okay, but in the third stint I was stuck behind Rubens after he had a problem with his fuel rig at his second stop.
"The fuel rig problem screwed his race and mine, so finishing fifth is disappointing because I think we could have got a podium.
"I now can't wait to get to Hungary in two weeks where we will have new parts and hopefully warmer weather to take the fight to the Red Bulls."
Button was at least humble enough to offer his congratulations to Webber following the Australian's first win in Formula One at the 130th attempt.
"It's fantastic," said Button.
"The guy has been close many times, so this is well deserved. He was very quick all weekend, superior, and then drove a great race."