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Webber and Alonso react to their Singapore taxi penalty // Mixed reactions emerge over the lift given by Fernando to Mark

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Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso were handed reprimands after the Singapore race, because the Ferrari driver gave Webber a lift back to the pitlane on the side of the car. Webber’s reprimand tipped his total over the three-limit, giving him a ten place grid penalty for the next event.

Both drivers have taken to their respective Twitter accounts to make fun of the decision, with Webber particularly incensed. He said the reprimands were “comical to say the least” and said he had “no interaction at all with any track officials after we put the fire out.”

Meanwhile, steward at the race Derek Warwick has said it wasn’t an overreaction, talking to the Daily Telegraph, he said: “It’s not health and safety gone mad, a driver could easily have been hurt... We have become a bit sterile in many ways in F1, but we cannot put drivers at risk.” He also said if it had been done in a less dangerous way, there may have been no reprimands at all.

Lewis Hamilton backs this up, saying: “I was doing my inlap, came around the corner and was really shocked... if Mark had been walking across where I went then I would have run him over. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case.”