The Woking team headed to Baku knowing both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne would start at the back of the grid because it would fit new Honda power unit elements, having notified the FIA of some of those changes on Monday evening.
McLaren's Fernando Alonso says he wants to be driving a winning vehicle next season and will not be taking any risks if he moves on.
"He's still in a situation where he's driving phenomenally", Webber said.
With significant engine penalties for both drivers, and on a circuit not best suited to the strengths of our auto, today's qualifying session was always going to be somewhat disappointing.
"I don't think about it", he said.
The team's nightmare season slumped to a new low in qualifying for the Azerbaijan GP when both of their cars, already condemned to back-row starts in Baku, failed to make it out of the first round of qualifying.
"We will try to do our best, focus maybe a bit more on race runs and hopefully we can play a bit during the race".
Eric Boullier: "This afternoon's result was particularly disappointing - we always knew that we'd be towards the back due to the engine penalties both drivers have taken this weekend, but it's never satisfying to be right at the back of the grid".
Alonso admitted that he's hoping that the race will be more eventful than last year's, and that attrition ahead will help him to make progress.
"Very open for anything so let's see what the next months bring for McLaren, because it's a team that I'm running now, a team that I like and in the last two or three years we've put a lot of effort in all together to grow up in this project".
"The race is tomorrow, there are no points on Saturday so that is the positive thing about today. There are definitely some opportunities to be had out on track - we've seen drivers going off in every session, so we'll be looking to benefit from those".