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Webber picks up penalty

Five-place penalty for gearbox change drops Mark Webber to P7 on the grid for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber has lost his place on the front row of the Montreal grid after his team was forced to change his gearbox.

Webber, who currently leads the race for the F1 2010 drivers' title, had finished qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in second, on a 1m 15.373s. However under the regulations due to the change he drops five places to seventh.

Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel now moves up to second, with Ferrari man Fernando Alonso, reigning world champion Jenson Button, Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi and Felipe Massa also gaining as a result.

Speaking before he was penalised, Webber had been pleased with P2 on the grid: "Today is a very good day for me. I am very happy. It was a good fight as I predicted yesterday for the front row," Mark noted.

"McLaren were expected to be strong here and it has turned out to be the case. Lewis did a very good lap for pole, obviously with a different compound. Everyone is free to choose what tyre they want for qualifying and that's the grid that we have today, so to be on the front row with a tyre that I think is going to be for us a little bit more stable and we will just see how the race unfolds.

"It is always an interesting grand prix here and I am certainly looking forward to it. I am very happy with how today went. My guys worked very hard and got the setting very well on the car and it was good enough to get second on the grid. It is good."

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Saturday Practice, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Saturday Practice, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Friday Practice 2, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Friday Practice 2, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Friday Practice 1, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6

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