Derek Warwick tells Sky F1 that the stewards weren't going to punish Webber or Alonso
Brit says CCTV footage showed dangers and changed their minds
By William Esler. Last Updated: 27/09/13 3:01pm
Derek Warwick has told Sky Sports F1 that the stewards were not going to reprimand either Mark Webber or Fernando Alonso at the Singapore GP until they saw additional CCTV footage.
Having stopped on track on the final lap of the race at the Marina Bay circuit, Webber hitched a lift back to the pits whilst sat atop the side-pod of Alonso's Ferrari.
Derek Warwick explains decision
Both drivers were given reprimands with the Australian cited as having 'entered the track without the marshal's permission' whilst the double-World Champion was punished for driving 'the car in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person. In this case, two cars had to take avoiding action as a result'.
As this was Webber's third warning of the season, it triggered a ten-placed grid penalty at the next race in Korea, sparking outrage amongst fans, some of whom accused Warwick of double-standards as he had received lifts during his F1 career.
However, the BRDC President - who was the driver representative on the FIA stewarding panel in Singapore - says neither driver would have been punished had it been done in a safe way.
"Obviously I have seen what everyone has seen on the world feed and everyone has seen Mark being driven back by the Ferrari and what is wrong with that? I have to say there is nothing wrong with that and I have taken lifts in the past and given lifts in the past," he told The F1 Show.
"Whether or not the FIA do something about that I don't know, but I personally, and the stewards, saw nothing wrong with that.
"We were about to leave the room when race control gave us some more footage of the way it had been executed and when we saw the footage I have to say it was dangerous - dangerous on several levels.
"First of all the rules state that you cannot leave the side of the circuit if you have broken down or blown up - as Mark did - without the permission of the marshals and Mark left without the permission of the marshals.
Fernando Alonso stops on his parade lap to pick up Mark Webber.
"He ran to the edge of the circuit and waved down Kimi [Raikkonen] and Fernando and they both slowed down. Kimi obviously just went on, but that left Fernando in the centre of the circuit, on the exit of a third-gear corner and then Mark ran across the track to get on the left-hand side of the Ferrari, then in came Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes, just missing him.
"Mark then climbed onto the Ferrari and then Lewis arrived and nearly went up the back of the Ferrari. So there were two potential dangerous situations there for Mark."
See the full interview with Rachel Brookes on Friday's edition of The F1 Show on Sky Sports F1 at 8pm.