Singapore GP: Dean Warwick explains penalty decision

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BRDC President Dean Warwick has revealed that stewards at the Singapore GP were not going to punish Mark Webber or Fernando Alonso until they saw additional CCTV footage.

On the final lap of the race, Webber stopped at the Marina Bay circuit and got a lift back to the pits on the side of Alonso?s Ferrari.

Both drivers were punished for their part in the incident, with Webber reprimanded having ?entered the track without the marshal’s permission’. Alonso was also penalised after his decision to pick up Webber ?caused two cars to avoid action?.

Last weekend?s incident was Webber?s third of the season and as a result he has been given a ten-placed grid penalty ahead of the next race in Korea.

Despite claims from drivers and fans that Webber?s punishment was harsh, Warwick insists that both drivers would have left Singapore punishment-free if they had done it in a safe way.

“Obviously I have seen what everyone has seen on the world feed and everyone has seen Mark being driven back by the Ferrari and what is wrong with that? I have to say there is nothing wrong with that and I have taken lifts in the past and given lifts in the past,” he told The F1 Show.

“Whether or not the FIA do something about that I don’t know, but I personally, and the stewards, saw nothing wrong with that.

“We were about to leave the room when race control gave us some more footage of the way it had been executed and when we saw the footage I have to say it was dangerous – dangerous on several levels.”

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