Mark Webber’s recent 10-place grid penalty has put a focus on the ‘three-strikes’ system, introduced in Formula One to give some meaning to the previously rather pointless awarding of reprimands.
Lewis Hamilton says he was surprised to find he was only fifth in the Singapore GP, having initially thought that he’d made it up to third-place.
Hamilton was one of four leading cars not to pit under the safety car, and thus dropped back when he made a later stop under green. He then followed Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg past cars that were struggling on older tires, although Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen remained out of reach.
Jenson Button dropped from third to seventh in the closing laps of the Singapore GP, but the McLaren driver insists that he would not have done any better had he gone for a different strategy.
Button joined Fernando, Alonso, and Kimi Raikkonen in trying to run from the safety car to the flag without an extra pit stop, but while they were able to keep up a good pace, Button fell back when his tires gave up.
Christian Horner says that Sebastian Vettel put in one of the best drives of his career in Singapore – but he insists that it’s still too early for Red Bull to become overly confident about a fourth title.
“We’ve only extended the lead by another seven points,” said Horner. “Fernando keeps finishing the races, he keeps turning up on the podium. We’re 60 points ahead, we’ve extended our lead, but there are still 150 available. So we’ll keep our heads down and keep pushing.
UPDATE: (Sept. 23) Watch Video of Webber on board with Alonso from track CCTV
(Sept. 22) Mark Webber will have to serve a 10-place grid penalty at the Korean Grand Prix after he was reprimanded following the Singapore race.
Webber’s Red Bull failed on the last lap, leaving him stranded in Turn 7. Fernando Alonso stopped on-track to allow the Australian to climb aboard his Ferrari, and kindly gave him a ride back to the pits.