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Mark Webber isn’t particularly happy with the new podium procedures in Formula 1, pointing out that the ceremony should be kept as pure as possible.
The new format was introduced at the British Grand Prix in July, which the Australian driver won, but after ten races since the procedure was presented it hasn’t settled down with him yet.
"I certainly wasn't impressed in Silverstone with 1000 dignitaries up there. I think the podium should be for the drivers, no one else,” Webber was quoted saying by Autosport. "A clear shot of celebration of the drivers and what they have achieved. Not having everyone stand in front and having their five minutes. That pissed me off.”
"You need real flags. The electronic flags look rubbish. You need real flags waving in the wind,” said the 36-year-old.
Webber added that the recent episode where teammate Sebastian Vettel used inappropriate language on the podium cannot be done away with.
"For swearing, that will never go away. It will always never be far away," he said. "You are full of adrenaline. You are excited. You have just had an incredible Grand Prix in general in those cases, so I think sometimes you might not use the right language, but now we have to be mindful of that.
"It is another part of the weekend where you have to keep an eye on things," he added.