Webber: van der Garde move wasn’t clever

1 Comment

Mark Webber has hit out at Giedo van der Garde for ignoring blue flags during Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver was trying to lap the Caterham at the hairpin, but van der Garde turned in sharply, spinning himself and causing damage to Webber’s front wing. Although the incident did not end Webber’s race, the Australian driver is still frustrated by the move.

“Obviously it was his fault and he got a time penalty for it, but then so do I because I have a damaged front wing,” Webber explained to Sky Sports.

van der Garde was handed a 10 second stop-go penalty for the incident, but Webber feels that the damage caused to his front wing was enough to lose him a podium position to Fernando Alonso.

“We had a lot of blue flags up at the hairpin and I was in his mirrors for on the long straight behind him and then we made contact. I couldn’t believe it. Fair enough if it had been for position, but when you are being lapped and the leaders are coming through battling for the top spots and you close the door it is not very clever.”

van der Garde eventually retired from the race after clashing with Nico Hulkenberg, with that incident set to be investigated by the Canadian stewards. Webber finished the race in 4th, but he was clearly disappointed not to have joined teammate Sebastian Vettel on the podium.