By Chris Lines, AP, 22 September 2013
|© Paul Gilham/Getty Images/Red Bull Racing
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Mark Webber were both punished by stewards after the Spaniard gave the stranded Australian a ride back to the pit lane on the side of his car at the close of Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.
Both drivers received reprimands, though that has more serious consequences for Webber as it was his third reprimand of the season. Webber will receive a ten-place penalty on the grid at the next Grand Prix in South Korea.
Webber's car pulled off the track in flames after an engine failure on the final lap. Rather than having a slow post-race walk back to the pits, he dashed out onto the track, hailed Alonso's Ferrari like it was a taxi and then clambered onto the sidepod for a ride back to the pits. Alonso had already finished the race in second, behind Sebastian Vettel.
Three cars on their slowdown laps had to take evasive action to avoid Webber and the Ferrari, and the problem was compounded by Alonso driving more slowly than permitted as he made allowances for his passenger.
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