??25,000 fine for Vettel’s victory doughnuts

2013 Indian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2013The FIA has given Sebastian Vettel a reprimand after his post-race celebration at the Indian Grand Prix.

Vettel drove to the start/finish line after taking the chequered flag and celebrated his fourth world championships by performing doughnuts in front of the crowd.

As well as Vettel’s first reprimand of the year Red Bull were fined ??25,000 (??21,340) for failing to instruct him to come into the pits.

“The driver failed to proceed directly to the post race parc ferme as detailed under article 43.3 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations,” said the stewards’ reports.

“Due to the special circumstance the stewards accepted the explanation of the driver. The team failed to instruct the driver sufficiently to return directly to post race parc ferme.”

Vettel celebrated in a similar fashion after winning the 2011 championship at Suzuka.

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144 comments on ??25,000 fine for Vettel’s victory doughnuts

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  1. Jack (@jackisthestig) said on 27th October 2013, 14:18


  2. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 27th October 2013, 14:19

    Emotion, celebrations and fun have no place in Formula One. A worthy fine and penalty.

  3. Ben Everard (@beneverard) said on 27th October 2013, 14:20

    “Shall we deduct it from the winnings, Mr Horner?”

  4. celeste (@celeste) said on 27th October 2013, 14:20

    Booooooooo FIA

  5. TMF (@tmf42) said on 27th October 2013, 14:25

    FIA = Fun Is Awful

  6. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 27th October 2013, 14:26

    At least Williams aren’t the only ones paying for the FIA election.

  7. TheBass (@) said on 27th October 2013, 14:28

    They seem pretty chill about it, I don’t have a problem with that. Something had to be done, and they chose the smallest possible option. All is fine.

    • bull mello (@bullmello) said on 27th October 2013, 16:42

      Right. Vettel did what he had to do and the FIA did what they had to do. I would expect the next driver to win 4 championships in a row to celebrate as well.

      • Chad (@chaddy) said on 28th October 2013, 2:07

        The FIA didn’t have to do anything, that’s the problem. People with power who don’t use discretion are just machines.

  8. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 27th October 2013, 14:30

    Didn’t expect anything less, or more; Alonso got a similair penalty for Valencia 2012

  9. Diego (@ironcito) said on 27th October 2013, 14:33

    Rules were broken, so I can understand why they had to do something. It’s an insignificant amount of money for the team, it’s mostly symbolic. They even fined the team for “failing to instruct the driver sufficiently” instead putting the blame on Vettel. I wouldn’t judge FIA too harshly on this one, they let it slide as much as they could.

    • TMF (@tmf42) said on 27th October 2013, 15:14

      @ironcito – agree on the rule thing. But they could also add one where stewards are allowed to waive a penalty and give teams a chance to protest anonymously, which would automatically void the waiver (to avoid abuse).
      Sometimes the FIA should be more concerned about image and fans than rules – they already deprive fans from a championship celebration by giving the trophy during a suits only event at the end of the season – so there is room for improvement.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th October 2013, 20:38

        Can you imagine how much Valentino Rossi would have had to pay throughout his career if MotoGp had the same rules?

        For those who don’t follow MotoGP V.Rossi has since he was a teenager finished his on track celebrations the way Vettel did, Rossi usually stopped on track to change into fancy dress first though.

      • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 29th October 2013, 9:54


        the FIA should be more concerned about image and fans than rules

        I couldn’t disagree with this statement more – the FIA’s job is to set and enforce rules to make sure that we have a fair and safe sporting competition. In this case I think they did a good job, they didn’t set a silly precedent by giving no penalty and at the same time they gave a penalty that wasn’t excessive. I expect both Vettel and Red Bull are happy to accept what was given without argument.

        Vettel knew he would get a reprimand or more when he did it but clearly judged that it was worth it. Moreover this outcome was consistent with the Webber/Alonso taxi ride – a slap on the wrist was given and no more.

        • TMF (@tmf42) said on 29th October 2013, 10:04

          @jerseyf1 – I think you misunderstood. I’m not saying that it’s wrong that they did enforce the current rules but they should give the stewards some leeway.

    • bull mello (@bullmello) said on 27th October 2013, 16:44

      Good point!

    • @ironcito +1 – they have to be consistent, so we should be applauding them for that instead of deriding them. Maybe the reprimand is a bit harsh but it’s likely inconsequential, so I don’t think Vettel or Red Bull will care!

    • Mark (@marlarkey) said on 28th October 2013, 6:38

      Yep…. rules is rules


  10. Michael Brown (@) said on 27th October 2013, 14:33

    Wow, that is so unfortunate.

  11. tmax (@tmax) said on 27th October 2013, 14:37

    This is awful…… I mean F1 suffers as a sport to attract more fans and here we are

    Reprimands for taking a flag, Giving a ride and a Doing a Donut….. Please let there be some emotion in the sport….

    It was such a cheerful crowd, it was the last visit for F1 there and there was a Fourth WCC, WDC championship won !!! Wow….. I thought a reprimand would be the max. While $25K is loose change in RBRs pocket, it does not send the right message to the teams and the fans…..

    • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 27th October 2013, 16:39

      What? It sends the right message… a rule was broken and the un-biased Stewards have to enforce rule breaking, regardless of the reason.

      They could quite reasonably have thrown the rulebook at Vettel and Red Bull for numerous health and safety rules, such as reckless endangerment and the infamous ‘entered the track without the marshal’s permission between the commencement of the formation lap and the time when the last car enters parc ferme’ ruling – numerous infractions that could have well gone as far as exclusion from the event.

      As it stands, they found the most vague rule that they could, which resulted in a team fine.

      As much as it’s seen to be killing the joy, law enforcement officials have to enforce the law regardless of the context or situation.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th October 2013, 20:43

        So maybe they should lighten up the rules or issue exemptions, Bernie would, he will no doubt launch a spirited defence of Sebs celebration and chide the FIA for being Killjoys, I wouldn’t put it past him to offer to pay the fine, good PR for F1, good PR for Red Bull.

  12. ECWDanSelby (@ecwdanselby) said on 27th October 2013, 14:39

    Utterly laughable.

    Get with the times, F1! Jesus!

  13. scuderia_fan85 (@scuderia_fan85) said on 27th October 2013, 14:41

    its all in the manner of safety. plus rules r rules, nobody is exempt. im glad they enforced the rule; donuts and not coming directly to parc ferme. they should of penalized him for getting outta the car too. did he leave the engine running? what if a crazed or mentally unstable fan somehow got on track and tried to operate the car…

    • Jack (@jackisthestig) said on 27th October 2013, 15:15

      ‘Unstable’ fans would probably be too busy complaining about the driver doing donuts in the first place.

    • Strontium (@strontium) said on 27th October 2013, 15:16

      No, he switched it off. It would have got damaged otherwise

    • Mads (@mads) said on 27th October 2013, 15:21

      Haha you must be having a laugh.
      Even if you let a guy get into a running F1 car the first thing he would do would be to stall it. There is no way someone without training could just jump to the track, get in the car and drive off.
      But all that is irrelevant as there is no way he would let the car sit there with the engine running. It would just overheat, damage the engine, use fuel needed for the fuel sample, and at worst catch fire. Plus, why would he? It’s not like he planned to drive it back..

    • Greg c said on 28th October 2013, 0:24

      And got the fastest lap back off Kimi!!!

    • Dale D said on 29th October 2013, 0:09

      This is awesome. You realize that it takes a team of bad asses to start those things right? I mean… someone literally has to crouch down behind it, and stick a big motorized wand up the cars rear end to crank it. No way a crazy fan is going to go out and start it on track.

      You could have said “oh the increased load on the rear wheels as a result of the donuts could cause the tire to delaminate and send Pirelli death shards into the stands”. That would have at least been smart. But no, the real risk is apparently an over excite-able crackhead blitzing the grid.

  14. David (@icemanishere) said on 27th October 2013, 14:44

    Thats the kind of **** that puts me of F1. Cant even do donuts without getting penalised. #********

  15. As far as I understand from the text above, only the team has been penalized for not telling him to park the car at parc ferme. So effectively, Vettel got not penalty at all.

    For me this sounds like the best the FIA could do in this moment.

  16. LisaElise said on 27th October 2013, 14:49


  17. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 27th October 2013, 14:52

    Oh ! I thought F1 had character and charm !

    This comes as a shock news…

    What a bunch of… seriously.

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 27th October 2013, 14:55

      We could learn so much about NASCAR in this aspect. Most of the times, when I try to watch it, I get the feeling it’s “overdone”.

      But at least they let the guy celebrate as he wants… In America, that’s celebrated. In the F1 world, we get reprimands and fines… same with Massa grabbing the Brazilian flag from a marshall in Brazil 2006.

      Utter dissapointment.

      • Mads (@mads) said on 27th October 2013, 15:27

        I agree. I am no fan of NASCAR, but they sure knows how to set up a show for the fans. Both in terms of fan involvement but as you say, in the celebrations as well.
        The fans pay quite a lot to be there and watch it first hand. I don’t get what the problem with a doughnut and a bit of messing about. The track was completely empty and the fans hadn’t invaded the track either. It’s just a bit of smoke and noise. And it makes F1 seem so much more fun and real.
        And now it’s just the same clinical and over regulated cr*p like always.
        Let the guy off, he has not only won a race, but also a championship.
        Give him and his team a break.

        • Mike (@mike) said on 28th October 2013, 3:33

          The track was completely empty and the fans hadn’t invaded the track either.

          That’s why them giving the team a very small fine. It was the minimum they had to to with keeping with the rules.

          Remember the last time something like this happened? Webber getting a lift from Alonso, he almost got hit.

          If the FIA drops it’s guard, a driver will do something stupid and get themselves hurt. And what happens then?

          Everyone complains that the FIA was too lax and demands change.

  18. LAK (@lak) said on 27th October 2013, 15:01

    Oh come on cut him some slack he’s just won the WDC for the fourth time in a row!! They should have an even bigger celebration that is held immediately after the WDC or WCC are won. He should pick a flag, do doughnuts, and celebrate as he wishes.. The official award ceremony in December should at least be live for us fans to enjoy and see. We watch every single session all season, and when it comes to the prize in the end we see nothing. Hope they change their ways and cheer up a little =)

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th October 2013, 20:55

      The FIA are going to have an official presentation, where no doubt Jean Todt will host a couple of hundred lackeys and influential associates to a smack-up dinner and ****** while all dressed in “Black Tie”, Sebastian will love it, he should have waited till then to celebrate and the EU25K will make a great tip for the waiters.

  19. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 27th October 2013, 15:12

    If Vettel had see this coming and knew this would happen and still put up such a show, we should commend him for it. Not many times we get to see a driver winning 4x in a row. Such spectacular feat should celebrate in style.

    Nonetheless, the donuts, bowing to his very car and fans did spice F1 up this year.

  20. Girts (@girts) said on 27th October 2013, 15:21

    Rules are rules so it’s no surprise and even Vettel himself probably expected to get some kind of a penalty for his celebrations. However, some other racing series do allow drivers to celebrate before they “return to post race parc ferme”. Why can’t F1 do that? Is it believed that someone could do some changes to the cars / drivers before scrutineering and weighing?

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