Derek Warwick has revealed that Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso would have escaped penalty for the incident at the end of the Singapore Grand Prix had it not been for CCTV footage showing the circumstances surrounding Alonso stopping to give the Red Bull man a lift.

Webber was forced to retire on the final lap of the race and then hitched a lift back t the paddock with Alonso, in the same way Webber had carried the Spaniard back to parc ferme following the 2011 German Grand Prix.

That in itself wouldn't have led to any penalties being handed down, but stewards - including BRDC president Warwick - were then made aware of CCTV footage which showed Alonso stopping on the racing line and Webber running across the circuit to climb aboard the Ferrari.

With Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg both forced to take avoiding action when they came across the Ferrari, stewards decided to hand out reprimands to both drivers, with Alonso being penalised for stopping in a dangerous manner and Webber for entering the track without the permission of marshals.

For Webber, it was a third reprimand of the season, which in turn triggered a ten-place grid penalty for the Korean Grand Prix.

That caused outrage amongst fans, but Warwick insisted that the penalties could have been avoided if the drivers had acted in a safe manner.

"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?" he told the F1 Show on Sky Sports. "I have to say there is nothing wrong with that and I have taken lifts in the past and given lifts in the past. 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.

"First of all the rules state that you cannot leave the side of the circuit if you have broken down or blown up - as Mark did - without the permission of the marshals and Mark left without the permission of the marshals.

"He ran to the edge of the circuit and waved down Kimi and Fernando and they both slowed down. Kimi obviously just went on, but that left Fernando in the centre of the circuit, on the exit of a third-gear corner and then Mark ran across the track to get on the left-hand side of the Ferrari, then in came Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes, just missing him.

"Mark then climbed onto the Ferrari and then Lewis arrived and nearly went up the back of the Ferrari. So there were two potential dangerous situations there for Mark."



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