No penalty for Alonso-Webber taxi ride

Fernando Alonso gets a lift back to the pits from Mark Webber at the end of the German Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso gets a lift back to the pits from Mark Webber at the end of the German GP

Jul.29 (GMM) The FIA turned a blind eye late last Sunday when Fernando Alonso hitched a lift back to the Nurburgring pits at the end of the German Grand Prix

The scene, with the Ferrari driver perched on the sidepod of Mark Webber’s Red Bull after he ran out of fuel, reminded nostalgic spectators of Silverstone 20 years ago, when Nigel Mansell gave Ayrton Senna a near-identical ride.

Technically, however, the episode broke the rules.

But an FIA official told Germany’s Speed Week: “Nobody would have understood if we had acted according to the letter of the law. So we didn’t do any punishment.”

Australian Webber wrote in his latest BBC column: “I heard that David Coulthard and Martin Brundle were a bit nervous on the BBC commentary that we might be breaking the rules but everyone took the gesture in the spirit it was intended.”

  • Twiinz

    I am glad the FIA made the proper call. This picture is one of my favorites of the whole season. It shows that even though these guys race each other for all they are worth, at the end of the day, they have friendship and respect for one another. Another cool moment was Alonso and Hamilton congratulating one another after the race.

  • Ikmal

    agreed with you Twiinz.. :)

  • Arthur

    That’s totally SPORTS!!!