Webber handed hefty penalty for accepting end-of-race lift back to pits from Alonso after breakdown
MARK WEBBER has paid the price for a moment of foolishness at the end of the Singapore Grand Prix.
On the brink of fourth place, Webber suffered a radiator leak to his Red Bull that saw his engine running dry before blowing up on the final lap.
Having parked down an escape road at turn seven of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, video footage shown by the FIA to the media showed Webber running back to the track.
As if the Australian was hailing a cab, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso stopped in the middle of the track for Webber just as Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen passed to his right, forcing the Finn to also grind to a halt.
Webber then jumped on the left-hand sidepod of Alonso's Ferrari, with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg flashing by directly behind him and a surprised Lewis Hamilton slowing and driving to the right soon after.
Webber was then driven back to the pits by Alonso, reminiscent of one of F1's most iconic scenes at the end of the 1991 British Grand Prix when Nigel Mansell gave Ayrton Senna a lift after the Brazilian had broken down.
On this occasion, both Webber and Alonso received reprimands from the stewards, but for the former it means a ten-place grid penalty for the next race in Korea as it was his third penalty of the season.
Describing the moment as he came upon the scene, Hamilton said: "I was doing my in-lap, came round the corner and Fernando was there, and I was really shocked. I went to the right, but if Mark had been walking across where I went then I would have run him over. Fortunately, that wasn't the case.
"In sport, something like that is cool. Remember Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna.
"It's good for the fans to see, and as long as it's done in a safe manner, you don't stop on the racing line, then maybe it should be allowed for the future."
Force India are investigating the reasons behind an incident that left Scotland's Paul Di Resta without a point for the fifth successive race.
Di Resta was on course for a place in the top ten, given there were a number of cars ahead on rapidly degrading rubber.
However, seven laps from home, Di Resta appeared to make a mistake that pitched him into a barrier at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Di Resta has suggested the crash was not his fault. He said: "For whatever reason, something went wrong. The car didn't stop, it locked the outside front wheel.
"So there is a big question mark over what exactly went wrong. It would appear to be something mechanical."