Webber: Singapore GP reprimand 'comical'
24 September 2013 – Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber has branded the penalty he received for hitching a lift back to the pits with Fernando Alonso in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix as ‘comical’.
Webber and Alonso were both reprimanded for the incident and as it was the Aussie’s third reprimand of the season he picks up a ten-place grid penalty for the next event in Korea.
In a number of Tweets on his official Twitter account, @AussieGrit, he wrote: “For @alo_oficial (Fernando Alonso) and me to receive reprimands for our actions after the race it is comical to say the least. Great moment, and fans loved it.”
“And while I'm at it, contrary to reports, there was no interaction at all with any track officials after we put the fire out.”
Webber also posted two other tweets, one showing how it has been done countless other times over the years – under the ‘Yes I thought it had been done before...’ caption – and another showing Derek Warwick, one of the stewards in Singapore, doing exactly the same thing at the Japanese Grand Prix in 1988. Then Gerhard Berger was the ‘taxi’ driver.
“Looks like even one of the Singapore stewards has done it...#C'estlavie,” Webber tweeted cheekily.
Meanwhile, Jenson Button has come out in support of Webber and Alonso and has said he thought the penalties were a bit harsh.
“Disappointed to see the penalties for @AussieGrit and @alo_oficial, act of sportsmanship should not really be punished,” he tweeted. “Maybe @alo_oficial could have stopped in a slightly safer place but still think it's a bit harsh.”
Lewis Hamilton, however, has said he was ‘shocked’ by where Alonso stopped, adding that there was a real danger he could have run the Aussie over.
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