Alonso and Webber reprimanded after ignoring driver lift rules in Singapore

Mark Webber gets a lift back to the pits with Fernando Alonso

Mark Webber gets a lift back to the pits with Fernando Alonso

Red Bull‘s Mark Webber faces a 10-place grid penalty at the Korean Grand Prix after being reprimanded for hitching a lift on Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari at the end of Sunday’s race in Singapore.

The reprimand was the Australian’s third of the season, which means that under Formula One regulations he will collect the automatic grid sanction. He had previously been reprimanded in Bahrain and Canada.

Alonso was also reprimanded for driving the car “in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person”.

Stewards noted in a statement, after meeting the drivers and team representatives and examined video evidence, that two cars had to take avoiding action as a result.

Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber arrive in the Singapore parc ferme

Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber arrive in the Singapore parc ferme

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, whose world champion Sebastian Vettel won the race to go 60 points clear of Alonso with six rounds remaining, felt the stewards could have dealt with the incident more leniently.

“It was good for the show, it was good TV and it should have been dealt with by a fine or a slap on the wrist,” he told reporters.

“What’s a shame is that it’s ended up in a reprimand and because it’s the third it means a 10-place penalty…perhaps in this instance talking to the drivers would have sufficed.”

Webber had pulled over on the last lap after his car’s engine ran dry of water and caught fire.

After parking, he ran back to the side of the track and hitched a lift with Alonso, who had finished second and stopped on his slowing down lap to pick up the Australian.

Ayrton Senna hitches a lift with Nigel Mansell on the slowing down lap at the 1991 British Grand Prix

Ayrton Senna hitches a lift with Nigel Mansell on the slowing down lap at the 1991 British Grand Prix

The incident was reminiscent of Briton Nigel Mansell collecting Brazilian Ayrton Senna at the end of the 1991 British Grand Prix but it was also a risky gesture with other cars passing by.

“I was doing my in-lap, came around the corner and Fernando was there and I was really shocked,” Mercedes‘ Lewis Hamilton told reporters.

“If Mark had been walking across where I went then I would have run him over.”

The Briton approved of such fan-pleasing incidents, however.

“There have been times where I’ve driven past someone else who has stopped and I’d wished I’d stopped,” he said. “It’s good for the fans to see and as long as it’s done in a safe manner, you don’t stop on the racing line, then maybe it should be allowed for the future.” (Reuters)

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  • Boycottthebull

    Seems a bit harsh for an act of sportsmanship. And also during the race Perez pulled off his famous run them off the track to pass manoeuvre but didnt even get his nose ahead and the Stewards made Hulkenberg give him back the place when he never had it in the first place. I think the Stewards had one of their loopy race meets this weekend.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    Next they will ban overtaking as being too dangerous!

  • M451

    Harsh penalty. ‘Nuff said.

  • Alonso_is_Slow

    This friendship between Webber and Alonso is all about Vettel.

  • BigE

    Lol go youtube it. Hamilton had to go off track to avoid them. Dumb move by both drivers.

    Not saying Webber deserves a 10 place grid penalty, but it was stupidly dangerous, not sporting. One death this season is already one too many.

  • jl

    alonso lift his team mate.

  • Bert

    Webb should have taking a Taxi……

  • Butterfly

    This argument about being a dangerous move is nonsense. These guys can spot a peanut on the ground at 200MPH, they can easily avoid something as large as Webber at 30MPh.

    If this were to happen on a highway, then it would have been bad.

  • BigE

    Personnel on an active circuit on a blind turn isn’t dangerous?

    Get real.

  • Henson

    Alonso_is_Slow should be penalised for giving a lift to Vitaly Petrov.

  • the fan

    henson… thats a bit harsh isnt it? maybe a penalty for being an idiot would be fair :D

  • McLarenfan

    A telling off would have done the job the gesture was right but Alonso should have stopped in a more sensible place. It was good to see and something we would love to see in the future without the drama. I would like to see the flag being allowed instead of it being POLITICALLY INCORRECT!!!!!

  • farizY

    Well, if it is in the rule book, what else do we have to say…pity for Webber though, but it’s the rule and safety will always be the first priority.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    It was OK, Alonso knew that Grosjean was already out of the race, so nothing to worry about.

  • DEANO

    I’m not quite understanding why only Webber received a 10 grid penalty and not Alonso as well. They both broke what I guess is an FIA rule. When punishment is dealt out in this way in only supports what many feel is that the “special” elite drivers get “special” treatment. Although in my opinion it’s way over the top to give either driver much more then a reprimand. The excuse I believe was this was Webber’s 3rd reprimand, but come on, even that to me doesn’t hold much validity.