- Canadian Grand Prix
Mixed emotions for Webber in Montreal
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."
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