• Canadian Grand Prix

Button deserved victory - Webber

ESPNF1 Staff
June 12, 2011 « Vettel disappointed with error | »
Mark Webber fought back to third after spinning early in the race © Sutton Images

Mark Webber believes Jenson Button deserved victory at the Canadian Grand Prix after the McLaren driver passed his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel on the last lap.

Webber finished third and was overtaken by Button towards the end of the race as the McLaren made a charge from last on the track to victory. The Australian, who was in a tense battle with Michael Schumacher, reckons the top three got the results they deserved.

"It was a pretty good fight with Michael, we both wanted the same bit of track for the braking point at the chicane but in the end I got there," Webber said. "But when JB arrived he was absolutely flying and I was trying to be as fair as we could but obviously I passed Michael through the chicane and I had to give the position back. I think these are the results we all deserved today. JB drove a great race, Seb did a phenomenal job but obviously it's easy to make a mistake in those conditions. I think third was the best I could get today after the first lap when Lewis hit me."

Webber was hit by Lewis Hamilton when the race got underway and said he was surprised by the McLaren driver's aggression so early in the race.

"It was a racing incident," Webber said. "But when you know you've still got so far to go in a grand prix I was surprised he hit me. I opened the wheel for him, gave him the line and then he still made contact. I don't think you can ever give someone too much room, but I think he was committed to the move - I was still surprised he hit me, maybe he locked up or he was struggling for more space at that point, but I think it's just so far to go in a grand prix, that's the bit that surprised me."

Webber was one of the first drivers to switch to slicks on the drying track, a decision he believes brought him back in to podium contention.

"I had to roll the dice a little bit because it was very hard to clear some of those guys off the dry line," he added. "When you were trying to come through there was such a narrow window to get down the inside of people, but obviously the experienced guys like Michael and Heidfeld know what they're doing. But I thought I'd roll the dice and I was happy to see that not everyone [changed to slicks] the lap after me because I thought they would do. So the two lap advantage was enough to bring me back into the game for the podium."