Mark Webber penalised after hitching a lift from Fernando Alonso


It might have been reminiscent of the iconic scenes in 1991 when Nigel Mansell gave an impromptu lift back to the pits to reigning F1 world champion Ayrton Senna, but Mark Webber has paid the price for a moment of foolishness at the end of the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Australian hitched a ride from Ferrari’s Alonso after a radiator leak to his Red Bull resulted in his engine running dry before blowing up on the final lap and this moment of madness has cost the racer a 10-place grid penalty for the next race in Korea.

Having parked down an escape road at turn seven of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, video footage shown by the FIA to the media showed Webber running back to the side of the track with the slow-down lap under way after team-mate Sebastian Vettel had taken victory.

As if the Australian was hailing…

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