Mark Webber's disastrous 2013 Chinese Grand Prix
experience ended with the race stewards handing him some salt to rub into the still-smarting wounds, as he was handed a three-place grid penalty to serve next week at Bahrain.
Webber was found to have been responsible for the collision with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne on lap 16 of the race at Shanghai International Circuit
on Sunday afternoon.
The race left Vergne with some damage but able to continue after recovering from being spun around, while Webber's car suffered damage to its front wing and then had the right rear wheel fall off after he'd returned to pit lane to have a new nose and fresh set of medium compound tyres fitted.
At the time, Webber insisted that he was not to blame for the incident and that Vergne had appeared to give way to him as a courtesy from Toro Rosso
to their sister team in the paddock.
"One view looks like Jean-Eric is giving me the line, the other looks more like it is me," said Webber. "It compounds an amazing weekend for me," he said ruefully.
"The start of the race was going OK and we decided to get rid of the other tyres quickly and then regroup," he continued. "But then I got to Jean-Eric. I was coming from a reasonable distance behind but he knew I was there. He looked like I was going to get past him and then he went for the apex. It's disappointing."
Vergne said that he hadn't been thinking of allowing Webber past at that point and that the clash had been entirely the Red Bull's fault.
"I think Mark could not have got through from where he tried and I'm not even sure if he was trying to pass me," the Frenchman said in the paddock after the race. "Certainly I didn't even know he was there. Unfortunately, the impact put me into a spin and the incident damaged my floor.
"From then I lost a lot of downforce," he sighed. "It was not a good race from then on, having lost a lot of time and having to drive a damaged car. It's not been a good weekend, as I did not have a smooth time of it from the start," he said, adding that he was looking forward to getting back on track in five days time in Bahrain.