Webber loses out in safety car incident

Mark Webber was elbowed off the track in the second safety car period

Mark Webber was elbowed off the track in the second safety car period

Mark Webber was pushed off the circuit and lost several places in a controversial incident behind the safety car during the Chinese Grand Prix.

Webber made contact with Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren as the field was very tightly bunched up before the re-start after the second safety car period.

Should the stewards get involved over the collision?

Webber had jumped in front of Hamilton and team mate Sebastian Vettel by making his final change of tyres earlier than his rivals.

As the second safety car period came to an end race leader Jenson Button slowed the field behind him causing several cars to run side-by-side and forcing Hamilton off the track at the hairpin.

As they approach the final corner Vettel, Hamilton and Webber were alongside each other and contact was almost inevitable. Hamilton and Webber banged into each other and the Red Bull driver lost out.

The regulations warn drivers not to slow unnecessarily during a safety car period, a charge that could be levelled at Button. And Hamilton may get in trouble for being too close to the car in front of him.

Should the stewards get involved or leave this one alone? Was anyone at fault, or was this just a racing incident? Have your say in the comments.

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168 comments on Webber loses out in safety car incident

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  1. manatcna said on 20th April 2010, 3:37

    Yeah, let’s have Kimi back.

    It hasn’t done Shumacher any good. Or de la Rosa

    • wasiF1 said on 20th April 2010, 7:43

      Where you want to fit Kimi?

      I think he may replace Webber in the Red Bull, as he had worked with Newey in his Mclaren days.

  2. rashid hasan said on 20th April 2010, 18:29

    go hamilton go. the fastest driver should win not the luckiest one. long live hamilton the f1 driver.

  3. Chaz said on 20th April 2010, 18:34

    My inclination is to put this down to a racing incident and speak to all drivers at the next meeting, especially the leading driver, to reduce the risk of this happening again. If the stewards get involved any further they may as well hand out the penalty to almost everyone as there was such a huge initial and subsequent knock on effect surrounding the incident…

  4. Dave the rave said on 21st April 2010, 2:02

    Have i got it wrong ? or did both Hamilton and Vettel get in front of Webber whilst under the SC before they passed the start finish line. Exactly what were their positions at the instant of the collision.

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