Just when it could not have been any worse for the departing Australian, after retiring due to a fire at the rear of his Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9, Mark Webber has been handed a ten-place grid drop for his third reprimand of the season.
This will be enforced for the Korean Grand Prix in a fortnight’s time, as he was considered to have “entered the track without the marshal’s permission between the commencement of the formation lap and the time when the last car enters parc ferme,” which is a breach of Article 30.9 (b) of the Sporting Regulations. This was further exacerbated by hitching a lift back to the pits with Fernando Alonso, who finished second in the race. The Spanish double world champion also received a reprimand in the matter, which was considered dangerous.
The 36-year-old had already clashed with Nico Rosberg in Bahrain and failed to sufficiently heed yellow flags in Canada, being as the ‘three-strike’ rule was instigated at the beginning of this season.
The WEC-bound driver was eventually classified a lap down in fifteenth place after 61 laps at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. It seems to be a sour note on which Webber’s weekend has ended under the floodlights at Singapore, as his tenure in Formula One approaches its end at Interlagos.
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