Webber slams new podium format

By on Thursday, November 15, 2012

Red Bull driver Mark Webber has criticised the new podium format in Formula One.

Since the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the top three finishers have been interviewed on a new-look podium.

"I think it is a new format obviously..." said Webber. "I certainly wasn't impressed in Silverstone with 1000 dignateries up there. I think the podium should be for the drivers, no one else. A clear shot of celebration of the drivers and what they have achieved. Not having everyone stand in front and having their five minutes. That pissed me off".

"You need real flags. The electronic flags look rubbish. You need real flags waving in the wind. "Drivers [interviewing each other] on the podium...? I am 50/50 on that."

Webber also defended Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen's use of language.

"For swearing, that will never go away. It will always never be far away. You are full of adrenaline. You are excited. You have just had an incredible grand prix in general in those cases, so I think sometimes you might not use the right language, but now we have to be mindful of that. It is another part of the weekend where you have to keep an eye on things".


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