• Canadian Grand Prix

Mixed emotions for Webber in Montreal

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber tracks Jenson Button's McLaren © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber was left in a philosophical frame of mind after finishing fifth in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Webber had qualified on the front row of the grid alongside eventual winner Lewis Hamilton, but was demoted to seventh following a penalty for replacing his car's gearbox ahead of the race. Despite recovering a further two places before the finish, Webber admitted he had been hoping for a podium.

"We knew it was going to be a bit like that here today," Webber told the BBC. "Tyres playing a huge role in the race, also, when you've obviously made the pit strategies that we did and I think in the end we did the best that we could do.

"Obviously, they split the cars with Seb [Vettel] on the option in the middle. I stayed on the Prime and was going to finish the race on the Option. It's dangerous waiting for a safety car as well in terms of because, if that happens, your race is pretty much over as well in the front as the race is neutralised.

"So mixed emotions. I mean, after the penalty this morning - seventh - but then I had a good first few laps. I managed to get into a few people. That took its toll a little bit on the first set of tyres so I was in trouble a little bit earlier than I would have liked. In the end, the tyres didn't want that pace so in the end they go away. It's virtually impossible to keep them happy - the tyres - degrading no matter really how slow you drive.

"It wasn't really a surprise - because I knew people were backed up behind Lewis - to come back out fifth. It would have been nice to get a few more places. I wanted some champagne today but in the end it didn't happen."