Mark Webber has landed himself a 10-place grid penalty for Korea after flagging down Fernando Alonso after the end of the Korean GP.
Webber, who retired from the race on the last lap, was given a lift back to the pits by the Ferrari driver.
However the Aussie received a reprimand because “he went onto the track without the permission of the marshals.” Because he already has two reprimands he now earns an automatic 10-place penalty for the next race.
Alonso meanwhile also received a reprimand because he “drove the car in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or to any other person.”
While the reprimands seemed harsh at first given it was a nice example of camaraderie – and made for great TV – CCTV footage subsequently released to the media by the FIA showed that if anything both drivers were lucky to get away so lightly.
Webber can be seen sprinting from the end of the escape road to the track where he flags down Alonso, who stops and forces the closely following Kimi Raikkonen to swerve in avoidance. Other cars also had to take action when they found the Ferrari stationary on the racing line as Webber climbed aboard.
As an aside there was a major accident on the slowing down lap of today’s GP2 race when a lapped Alex Rossi slowed to turn into the paddock back gate and was hit hard by third place Fabio Leimer, who like the other podium finishers was under instructions to head on round to the pits for the post race ceremony…