Mark Webber, Red Bull, Korea International Circuit, 2013

Penalty for third reprimand “disappointing” – Webber

2013 Korean Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Korea International Circuit, 2013Mark Webber said he has come to terms with the ten-place grid penalty he has this weekend due to collecting his third reprimand of the season in the Singapore Grand Prix.

Webber was reprimanded for going onto the track without getting permission from a marshal when he took a lift back to the pits from Fernando Alonso at the end of the race.

“I was over it, mate, pretty much on Monday, Tuesday,” said Webber of his penalty. “But you have no choice. It’s the stewards decision and we start here further back.”

Webber collected his first reprimand for contact with Nico Rosberg during the Bahrain Grand Prix. “The Bahrain reprimand, the first one, was disappointing to get,” he said. “It’s… you’re never happy as a driver, you want to understand why you got them, if you did something absolutely hideously, ridiculously wrong of course you take it on the chin.”

Webber’s second reprimand came in Canada, where he was judged not to have slowed down sufficiently when yellow flags were shown.

“I think the add-up of reprimands has been, of course, disappointing, and the way that I got them also a little bit bizarre,” he said.

“To get a ten-place penalty not even driving the car is a bit interesting. But anyway that’s the way it is and you take it on the chin and you never know what’s around the corner sometimes with the stewards.”

Webber is only the second driver in F1 history to receive a ten-place grid penalty for collecting three reprimands. The other was Pastor Maldonado in Brazil last year.

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