• Canadian Grand Prix

Webber surprised McLarens weren't faster

ESPNF1 Staff
June 11, 2010 « Button perplexed by poor second practice | »
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Red Bull's Mark Webber was surprised the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were not faster in Friday's practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.

In the afternoon session Hamilton was seventh while Button could only manage 11th, and both complained about severe tyre graining. Webber had similar problems but still finished the day fourth fastest, 0.396 seconds behind his pacesetting team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Prior to Friday McLaren was widely predicted to be on top in Montreal due to their straight-line speed advantage, but Webber thinks it will be a much closer fight.

"We thought McLaren might do more today, but it is early in the weekend," he said. "We are pretty happy with how the day went. I think we were pleasantly surprised with the pace, which is a good thing for us. We're going to have a tight fight tomorrow [Saturday] with everyone, but the car ran really well today and we will see how the weekend goes."

Webber said the trick to a good set-up would be not to panic and let the track improve rather than tinker with the car too much.

"It is always the same in Montreal," he added. "The track is very tricky and we will see how it goes over the course of the weekend, but it is a normal thing for this surface in Montreal. The option is not great - in fact it is pretty poor for most people. It is not going the best at the moment, but should be okay for Sunday."