25 Sep 2013

Webber says reprimand for hitching ride comical

6:44 am on 25 September 2013

The Australian motor racing driver Mark Webber has dismissed as comical the reprimand he was given for hitching a ride on Fernando Alonso's Ferrari after this week's Singapore Grand Prix.

Webber also collected a 10-place penalty on the starting grid for next week's Korean Grand Prix.

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 saying if Webber had been on the track he would've run him over.