Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber was philosophical after the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve today and after losing the lead in the race for the F1 2010 drivers' title.
Webber had qualified second for the eighth round in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, however in the end he had to start seventh after picking up a five place grid penalty pre-race for a gearbox change.
That set the tone for a difficult afternoon and while he did lead for a large portion of the race, he eventually slipped back due to tyre graining in his second stint and had to settle for fifth and 10 championship points.
“Tyres played a huge role in the race today and, in the end, we did the best we could,” said Webber, who is now third in the drivers' championship, six points behind the new leader and Canadian GP winner, Lewis Hamilton.
“I have mixed emotions after the penalty this morning. I had a good first few laps at the start, but that took its toll on the first set of tyres, so I needed to pit a little earlier than I would have liked.
“In the second stint I was ahead and was monitoring the gap to Lewis. I was moving away a bit at the start, as he was pacing to get to the finish. I was trying to keep my pace constant, but in the end the tyres didn't want that pace and they go away from you. It's virtually impossible to keep the tyres from degrading here, no matter how slow you drive.
“In the end it wasn't really a surprise to come back out from my second pit stop in fifth, as I knew people in front had been packed up tightly behind Lewis. We then turned the car down to save it for the next race.
“We expected this to be a tough event and in the end we were closer than we thought. I wanted to get some champagne today, it didn't happen, but we'll be back,” he concluded.