‘Not very clever!’ Webber slams F1 rival after clash

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Mark Webber has described rival Giedo van der Garde’s driving as “not very clever” after their clash during the Canadian GP.

The Dutchman turned in on the Aston Clinton racer as the Australian lapped him in Montreal causing significant damage to the front wing of the RB9.

The Caterham driver was given a stop/go penalty as a result, but that was of little consolation to Webber who cited his loss of performance and possible place points as a more severe penalty.

“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,” he told Sky Sports F1 after the race.

“I don’t know if he has a lot of concentration to drive the car in terms of what is straight ahead of him.

“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.”

The 33-year-old drove a typically tenacious race to finish the Canadian Grand Prix in fourth place. He started fifth after an unpredictable qualifying session in which the damp track conditions were only good enough for intermediate tyres, and he made immediate progress when he got away well from the line.

“It was a pretty good start,” says Webber.

“But it was important not to get stuck behind (Valtteri) Bottas early on because it was clear that the Williams had qualified out of position – thanks to a great effort from Valtteri in qualifying. I passed him at Turn 2 for fourth place and set about chasing down (Nico) Rosberg.”

Mark passed Rosberg, but it took longer than expected due to some overheating problems on his RB9.

“The car ran very hot when I was in traffic,” Webber added.

“The brakes in particular were boiling, so I kept having to pull out of Nico’s slip-stream to cool everything down. Once I’d got the temperatures under control, I was able to line him up and pass him.”

Having passed Rosberg, Mark looked set for a podium until an incident at the hairpin with van der Garde compromised the remainder of his race.

And Webber slammed the quality of van der Garde and others in the current F1 crop, questioning their ability.

“It seems some drivers have to spend too much time concentrating on driving and aren’t aware what’s going on around them,” Webber said.

“It’s very frustrating when your race is compromised by something that’s out of your control but it is what it is.”

Webber is next in action just down the road from his Aston Clinton home at Silverstone in the British Grand Prix on June 30.

Webber said: “It’s a track that I enjoy a lot.”