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We will be back, says Webber

Mark Webber concedes he has 'mixed emotions' after finishing fifth in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.
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.

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Saturday Practice, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 leads 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 2, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Friday, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Friday Practice 1, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6

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Davo - Unregistered

June 14, 2010 12:45 AM

I dont understand why they let mark stay out when he had 11 seconds lead. They clearly didnt intend to let him push on the prime's so the only reason i can think of was to allow Vettel to finish ahead of Mark... Insert conspiracy theories here.....

Phil C. - Unregistered

June 14, 2010 1:56 AM

I also don't understand why Mark had to slow 20s on the last lap because Vettel had a gearbox issue. Mark outqualifying Vettel for the 4th race in a row. Then got a 5 grid penalty prior to the race after his gearbox issue. That was punishment enough. He should've been free to pass IF Vettel needed to slow. Seb stopped after crossing the finish line.

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