Besieged V8 Supercars series leader Mark Winterbottom has denied he has turned on his crew after their bungle put unwanted pressure on his championship tilt.
Winterbottom did not hide his frustration after a mistimed release led to a pitlane error and penalty that all but sabotaged his Gold Coast 600 last weekend.
In the end his series lead was cut from 399 to 258 by nearest rival, Holden veteran Craig Lowndes, with three rounds left in the championship.
Winterbottom said there was nothing wrong with his driving but the team had to “fix some other areas” to ensure they avoid championship “jitters”.
Winterbottom, who has never finished outside the top five in the series since 2006 said he had every confidence in his Prodrive Racing team as he vied for his drought-breaking maiden V8 series title.
“You’ve got to back your team,” Winterbottom told V8 Supercars website.
“I’m not canning them. We just need to regroup, get it together.
“We all want it. We’re all desperate to win it. But you can’t do things like what happened (in pitlane on weekend).
“You may as well just donate points, that’s effectively what we did.”
Prodrive Racing team boss Tim Richards said they had Winterbottom’s back after they failed to podium at the Gold Coast – the first time since round one in Adelaide.
“We will learn from it, that’s my focus,” Edwards told speedcafe website.
“If we just put it behind us and think it’ll be easy street from here we’re kidding ourselves.
“There’s quite a few things that aren’t just mistakes in the pitlane or car speed.
“There’s a number of things that weren’t right for us (last weekend) and we’ve got to address each and every one of them.”
The next round is the Auckland 500 from November 6.