Warwick defends reprimands over ‘taxi’ row

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Former F1 driver Derek Warwick, who was one of the stewards during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, has defended the decision to hand Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso reprimands.

Webber and Alonso were censured after Webber rode back to the pits on Alonso’s car following the race.

Warwick, who started 162 races between 1981 and 1993, told The Telegraph stewards do want F1 to be entertaining and fun but that it must also be safe.

“We have become a bit sterile in many ways in Formula One. But we cannot put drivers at risk. If it had been done in a safer manner then it might have been viewed differently, but this was potentially very dangerous. You can’t have cars parked in the middle of a corner.”

Webber was accused of returning to the track without obtaining permission from a marshal, something he has since refuted. Alonso’s reprimand was for stopping on the racing line while he collected Webber, forcing other drivers to take avoiding action.

“A driver could easily have been hurt,” said Warwick. “I hope we’re not seen as killjoys. I want Formula One to be entertaining. I want it to be a spectacle.”

Webber’s reprimand was his third of the year, earning him an automatic ten-place grid penalty for the Korean Grand Prix next week.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. with a speed of 122.953 mph.

Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.

The practice was interrupted several times for incidents. 

Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.

“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”

With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.

Dixon also had an off-road excursion.