Warwick: Webber, Alonso reprimands justified
24 September 2013 – FIA driver steward Derek Warwick has defended the decision to reprimand Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso following Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix. Both were punished by the stewards, after Alonso gave Webber a lift back to the pits.
Webber has branded the punishments 'comical', and has also tweeted a picture of Warwick doing exactly the same thing at the Japanese Grand Prix back in 1988.
While some fans have also been critical of the stance taken by the FIA though, Warwick insisted action had to be taken in this case as it was ‘potentially very dangerous’.
“It is not health and safety gone mad,” Warwick told British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph. “A driver could easily have been hurt. I hope we’re not seen as killjoys. I want Formula One to be entertaining. I want it to be a spectacle.
"I’m a big fan of MotoGP and I wish we in Formula One could get closer to the drivers like they do in MotoGP.
“We have become a bit sterile in many ways in Formula One. But we cannot put drivers at risk. If it had been done in a safer manner then it might have been viewed differently, but this was potentially very dangerous. You can’t have cars parked in the middle of a corner,” he warned.