Mark Webber unimpressed with Giedo van der Garde’s actions
Mark Webber has explained how he was unimpressed with Giedo van der Garde’s actions during the Canadian Grand Prix, when the Dutchman initially gave the Australian driver enough room to lap him, before cutting across the front of his car and causing a collision. The Caterham driver was subsequently issued with a hefty stop/go penalty.
After overtaking Nico Rosberg for 3rd position during the Canadian Grand Prix, Mark Webber’s progress was momentarily hindered by the Caterham of Giedo van der Garde on Lap 37. After an uncompetitive start to the race, the Dutch rookie found himself at the back of the order and two laps off the pace of the leaders. As Mark Webber tried to lap Giedo van der Garde, the Dutchman suddenly turned sharply to the right and collided with the front of the Australian’s Red Bull.
Despite minor damage to the front-wing of Mark Webber’s Red Bull and a small spin for Giedo van der Garde, the duo managed to continue circulating albeit under investigation by the race stewards. Eventually it was decided to impose Giedo van der Garde with a stop/go penalty, before the rookie eventually came under fire once again for ignoring blue flags and collided with the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg and was forced to retire. Mark Webber has hit out against Giedo van der Garde, stating that he had absolutely no idea what he was doing at the time of the incident.
“I got a sensational start, but I didn’t have too many places to go.” Explained Mark Webber, after eventually finishing 4th. “I went to the middle and Bottas and Nico [Rosberg] were there, so I went to the other side and lost some momentum. Then we had the incident with Giedo van der Garde which caused some front wing damage and made it more difficult; the whole top section of the wing was gone on the left hand side, so it didn’t help from then on. I don’t know what he was doing. We had a lot of blue flags as we approached the hairpin and I rolled to the inside, giving him plenty of space so he knew I was there, but when we got to the apex he tried to hit it; I don’t know what was going on with that.”
Although Giedo van der Garde later apologized for the incident with Mark Webber, the Dutchman was later struck with a further five-place grid penalty for the British Grand Prix for his collision with Nico Hulkenberg. Whereas Mark Webber went on to finish 4th after being overtaken by the competitive Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, the Australian’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel romped to an unrivaled victory at the front after a sensational drive. Despite lightly tapping the barriers during the early stages of the race, Sebastian Vettel is thrilled to have finally secured his and Red Bull’s first ever victory at Montreal.
“It’s great to win today.” Enthused Sebastian Vettel, “I was pushing very hard, especially at the beginning of the race – I had a moment when I hit the wall, but I didn’t feel it; I was trying to get away from the field, as you don’t know what will happen towards the end. It was good to see that we were quick in all conditions this weekend and had speed in the race. We had average tyre wear, which hasn’t always been the case for us, so we have made a step forward there. It’s nice to win here, as it’s a very special race.”
With his third victory this season, Sebastian Vettel has further increased his reign atop the Drivers’ Championship ahead of Fernando Alonso. Mark Webber, on the other hand, will be heading to Silverstone eager to repeat his successes of last year, when the sport reconvenes in several weeks time.
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