11 June 2012
Webber "has had worse days" than Canada
Mark Webber didn't exactly appear thrilled with his Canadian Grand Prix result - but as the Australian was quick to point out, he's had worse days in the past.
Mark Webber was quick to admit that this year's Canadian Grand Prix had left him a touch frustrated and disappointed.
"In the first ten laps, we had a small issue with the engine which we had to manage, but then I settled into the pace," he said. "We pitted and came out behind the one stoppers," meaning that he was unable to make progress and got stuck in traffic for much of the rest of the day in Montreal.
"I knew it was going to be mixed up today, but not that mixed up," he admitted. "It's hard to get it right here – if you push to try and pass you kill the tyres but if you wait, then you find you're on the same strategy and finish behind them anyway.
"We were quick around the lap, but pretty slow on the straights," he expanded. "That made it pretty hard at times, and I lost a lot of time behind Bruno Senna in particular. It's important that everyone respects the blue flags," he added pointedly.
Red Bull team principal agreed that Canada had been "a tricky race" all round for the team and both drivers.
"[Mark] had an engine hesitation in the first few laps, but then he settled into a good rhythm," he confirmed. "Again we were heavy on the tyres towards the end of the stints and it was clearer with Mark to go to a two stop earlier, but unfortunately the one stoppers managed to get ahead.
"So a tactical race - a tricky race - but nonetheless we have still managed to salvage respectable points today," Horner added.
Webber agreed with that. "I think ultimately we were quick at times today and it's good that we finished in the points," he said. "It's so tight at the front that it's hard to see anyone gaining a significant advantage in the foreseeable future [so] it was important to salvage some points in today's race.
"With hindsight we could have done a different strategy, but it's easy to say that now and I've had worst days than today," he added. "I won the last race in Monaco from pole position, so we've proved that we have the pace when we have a clean weekend. We'll learn from what happened here and we'll come back stronger in Valencia."
And Webber proved that he was quick to shake off the disappointment of the day by jumping into the Olympic boating lake bordering the Ile Notre-Dame where the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is situated, along with his team mate Sebastian Vettel.
As a way of cooling off, cooling down and washing away the efforts of the day, it was the perfect antidote to the mental stresses, scorching temperatures and physical exertions of an afternoon in the office.
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