Webber slams Alonso lift penalty
Mark Webber has derided as "comical" the reprimand he received for the 'taxi ride' from Fernando Alonso at the end of Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.
After the engine in his Red Bull burst into flames on the final lap, cctv footage showed Webber hailing down Alonso in his Ferrari before hitching a ride on the sidepod of the car back to the pits.
Whilst a highlight of the race for the fans both in the grandstands and watching on television, the stewards took a dim view.
Given Alonso stopped in the middle of turn seven at the Marina Bay Street Circuit to collect Webber, and then the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton flashed past in quick succession, it was felt the incident compromised safety.
Both Webber and Alonso were reprimanded, which for the Australian means a 10-place grid penalty for the next race in Korea as it was his third of the season under the new totting-up procedure.
Taking to Twitter to express his disgust, Webber said: "For @alo_oficial (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."
Under the regulations Webber is allowed to only approach the track, once he has left his car, if given permission to do so by a marshal.
Webber then tweeted a photo montage of a further 12 'taxi rides' that have taken place in F1 history before coming up with one of Derek Warwick on the back of a Ferrari.
British Racing Drivers' Club president Warwick was one of the four stewards on duty at Singapore who opted to reprimand Webber and Alonso.
Explaining the decision, Warwick said: "I hope we are not seen as killjoys, but we cannot put drivers at risk.
"If it had been done in a different way it may have been viewed differently, but this was potentially dangerous."