Mark Webber did an impressive job to overcome front wing damage in Canada to not only finish fourth but also set fastest lap.
After the race the Aussie made it very clear that he was not impressed with Giedo van der Garde, who received a drive through penalty after the pair collided.
Webber felt that with an undamaged car he might have had a better chance of fighting for a podium.
“I got a sensational start,” he said. “I really didn’t have too many places to go. I went to the middle and obviously Bottas and Nico were in there, so I had to go to the other side, and I lost a little bit of momentum. It was a bit like Monaco. We’re getting our starts sorted, but these last two races we haven’t had opportunities to show how good they’ve been.
“But anyway, I settled in behind Nico, and it became quite evident that he was managing the pace a little bit more, and trying to clear him wasn’t that easy. We had the car very critical on temperatures, so I had to sit out of the slipstream and manage the car temperature, which was also a little bit of a curveball.
“Mercedes covered us well at the stop, and then the battle was on again. I was happy to see Mercedes did the option for Nico, because I thought that was going to bite him in the arse, and it turned out it did, which was good. I finally got past him, the car was happy then obviously, and we could get into a rhythm – until we caught a pay driver with no mirrors, and then I lost the front wing…
“The car was very damaged from that. It was very difficult from there. I was very keen to get on the podium, I think we had everything teed up very well to do that, but you can’t have a bleeding car with Fernando around you. He’s going to capitalise on that.”
Regarding problems with backmarkers Webber said: “They’re doing their own race as well obviously, I’ve been there in a Minardi, I’ve been there in a shitbox, but you need to look in your mirrors. When the guys fighting for the podium are coming along, there’s four corners with blue flags… We can’t disappear into a hole either. That was that.”
Meanwhile Christian Horner agreed that the collision was not Webber’s fault.
“Van Der Garde left the door open,” said Horner. “It’s under blue flags, it’s his responsibility to make way for the race leaders coming through, and then he just turned back. It was just a silly move. He obviously got a penalty for it, but he just wasn’t aware of what was going on.
Horner said the team considered changing the nose but opted not to: “We looked at it but the performance loss was outweighed by the time loss to change the nose box in the pitlane. So we decided to leave it.
“I’m sure without that [damaged] front wing he could have held Fernando off, or maybe closed down Lewis.”