Webber punished for Alonso lift
Mark Webber will serve a ten-place grid penalty after collecting a lift from Fernando Alonso at the end of Singapore GP.
Webber's pulled off the circuit on the final lap of the race after his RB9 suffered a water leak and Alonso, after taking the chequered flag in second place, then slowed down to pick the Australian up to take him back to the pitlane on the side of his Ferrari.
But race officials took a dim view of the incident and after summoning both drivers to the stewards' room found both to have contravened the Sporting Regulations.
Webber was duly sanctioned for having 'entered the track without the marshal's permission' while Alonso 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'.
Sunday's reprimand, however, has more serious knock-on consequences for Webber as it represents his third such sanction of the season - the point at which an automatic grid penalty is imposed under Article 18.2 of the Sporting Regulations.
"Any driver who receives three reprimands in the same Championship season will, upon the imposition of the third, be given a ten grid place penalty at that Event," the regulation reads.
"If the third reprimand is imposed following an Incident during a race the ten grid place penalty will be applied at the driver's next Event. The ten grid place penalty will only be imposed if at least two of the reprimands were imposed for a driving infringement."
Webber picked up his first reprimand at the Bahrain GP in April after a collision with Nico Rosberg during the race, while his second came in Practice One in Canada for failing to slow sufficiently for yellow flags.
While the penalty will likely be seen as harsh in many quarters, replays of video footage shown to the race stewards showed Webber walking away from his car at Turn 7. He then walked out on to the track and as Alonso's car stopped in the middle of the corner to pick him up, two other cars passed closely by at speed - one either side of the Ferrari.
Reflecting on what had already proved a frustrating day after he dropped out of fourth place in the closing laps, Webber said: "It's annoying but someone's had a tougher day than me somewhere and that's the way it goes."