Webber slams taxi ride rap as "comical"

Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:56am EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Australian Mark Webber has branded as "comical" the reprimand he was given for hitching a ride on Fernando Alonso's Ferrari after Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.

The reprimands for the Red Bull driver and Alonso have been a talking point since the weekend with Webber also collecting a 10 place penalty on the starting grid for next week's Korean Grand Prix because of two previous offences.

Webber told his 765,000 followers on Twitter on Tuesday that for the pair "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."

The Australian had retired on the last lap at the Marina Bay street circuit after his car ran out of water and the engine caught fire.

He then ran back on the floodlit track to wave down Alonso's Ferrari, which other cars had to weave to avoid, on the slowing down lap and ride to the pits on it.

Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton, one of those who took avoiding action, said later he was shocked when he came round the corner.

"If Mark had been walking across where I went then I would have run him over," said the 2008 world champion.   Continued...

 
Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia handles his helmet in the team's garage during the third practice session of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez