Webber to get grid penalty after lift from Alonso

2013 Singapore Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Singapore, 2013Mark Webber will receive a ten-place grid penalty for the next race after being given a lift to the pits by Fernando Alonso after today’s Singapore Grand Prix.

Alonso stopped to pick up his rival after his car broke down on the final lap of the race. Webber rode back to the pits on Alonso’s sidepod.

The stewards ruled Webber had “entered the track without the marshal’s permission between the commencement of the formation lap and the time when the last car enters parc ferme” and handed him a reprimand.

As this is Webber’s third reprimand of the year he will automatically receive a ten-place grid penalty for the next race. His previous reprimands came in Bahrain, for contact with Nico Rosberg, and in Canada, for going too quickly while yellow flags were displayed.

It is the second time a driver has received a grid penalty for collecting three reprimands – Pastor Maldonado also did at the Brazilian Grand Prix last year.

Alonso was also given a reprimand for driving “in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person”. The stewards added “two cars had to take avoiding action” when Alonso stopped to pick Webber up. This is Alonso’s first reprimand of the year.

Webber gave Alonso a lift in a similar fashion at the Nurburgring in 2011.

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189 comments on Webber to get grid penalty after lift from Alonso

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  1. Jono (@me262) said on 23rd September 2013, 13:16

    reprimand for what was arguably the best spectacle from the last 2-3 races? Vettel wins races, diresta not making it out of Q1, kimi’s aversion to interviews…alonso and webber giving each other lifts, its what they do ok? but its not ok, their on the parade lap for goodness sakes, why werent the mercedes drivers reprimanded for going too fast on the parade lap? why do they have to rid the little spec of entertainment for the fans after the singabore of a gp. topsy turvy stuff, FIA are getting bored too, need to reprimand. Drivers not getting along sells stories and gathers interests from non F1 fans…let the circus carry on

    • GT Racer (@gt-racer) said on 23rd September 2013, 14:39

      why werent the mercedes drivers reprimanded for going too fast on the parade lap?

      Because there is no regulation saying drivers have to slow down on the parade lap, They can actually drive as quickly or as slowly as they want.

      Also like many others you confusing what the reprimand was for, The reprimand was not for the lift, It was because of the way Alonso stopped on track, Suddenly braking/stopping on the racing line forcing others to take avoiding action & because Webber as it turns out disobeyed the marshals instructions & ran onto the circuit.

      Now that its been reported that Webber actually disobeyed the instructions of the marshals I feel even more convinced the reprimand was correct. The marshals are there for the safety of everyone involved & its completely unacceptable for anyone to ignore or disobey there instructions.

      I’ve seen drivers sent home from club race meetings for disobeying the instructions of the marshals so in that sense Mark got off very lightly.

  2. GT Racer (@gt-racer) said on 23rd September 2013, 15:18

    Recommend everyone reads this article which clearly explains the entire situation & why the reprimand Mark got was 100% correct.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/110103

  3. troutcor said on 23rd September 2013, 21:08

    Let’s be honest.
    If safety is the No. 1 concern for Formula One racing, there would be no Formula One racing.
    Its appeal exists because it has dangers.
    To be intellectually consistent, those who care only about Formula One’s safety should be campaigning to end its existence.

  4. Boris (@daftmosquito) said on 24th September 2013, 18:40

    Something’s rotten in the realm of F1!

    Watch this (1’38”):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djxUK9QDLw4

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