Webber penalised for gaining unfair advantage

© Ubaid Parkar, 23 September 2012
© Paul Gilham/Getty Images/Red Bull Racing

Mark Webber lost his tenth place at the Singapore Grand Prix after he was punished for gaining an unfair advantage during the race on Sunday.

The Red Bull driver had scored a point but was demoted to 11th as he was found guilty of leaving the track and gaining an advantage over Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi when he rejoined.

A drive-through penalty was handed by the stewards, imposed as an addition of 20 seconds to the elapsed race time.

“Notwithstanding that the distance by which car 2 left the circuit was minimal, advantage was gained hence a breach did in fact occur,” said the FIA in a statement. “Such a breach has consistently attracted a drive-through penalty.”

The Australian driver said that looking after his tyres was a mess and that the second safety car particularly hurt his strategy failing to recover adequately.

In the revised results, Sergio Perez was elevated in the final points-scoring position in tenth place.


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