Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2013

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

2013 Indian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. The next Vettel wins a race he should have a Kimi hand him a doughnut to munch on when he gets out of the car.

    1. I think Red Bull just handed Jean Todt a bunch of doughnuts.

  2. Nice comment from Adam Cooper: “Given the coverage that his display will receive the 25K is probably a small price to pay…” ^^

    1. @paeschli. Well Dietrich Mateschitz and the Red Bull marketing team must be loving this. Imagine the coverage it is getting after the fine. I mean every coverage will have the picture of a Reb Bull along with it. This is a win – win – win – win for all

      Win for Sebatian because he could celebrate his 4th WDC in style
      Win for Red Bull because it is good marketing
      Win for the fans because we enjoyed the show
      Win for the FIA because fans are happy, team is happy and they get $ 30,000 for it

      Last but not the least Bernie must be loving this attention and coverage


  3. Pls leave the guy alone let him enjoy himself… A well deserved victory from seb… Wonderful race loved every bit of it… Vettel is a wonderful driver you just have to give it to him he is unstoppable!

  4. David not Coulthard (@)
    27th October 2013, 15:51

    I’m fine with the fine. Let’s count that as “doughnuting tax”. But a reprimand?

    1. Careful, you’ll give the Indian government ideas!

    2. Just don’t say you want to tax doughnuts in public or you might have the cops come after you :p lol

    3. Dunkin Dounuts must be thinking “well that is a great way of pricing a Donut !!!!” Maybe this is the most expensive donut in the world till date. :)

  5. I hope in the official F1 2013 season review they include the celebration AND comment on the fact he got a repremand for it.
    Its only fair for them to present the facts and not just cash in on the emotion that they are trying to stiffle.

  6. there should be a petition to drop this party pooper rule, the fans wanted to celebrate and Vettel is entitled to celebrate, doughnuts, for heaven’s sake… hardly a crime!

  7. Aside from the fact 25,000 is nothing (the guy just became a champion), and as sick as I am of Vettel, my reaction that celebration was: “whatever,” or “so what”

    I mean, the guy just won the World Championship. I don’t see any reason he shouldn’t celebrate.

  8. Just think how much Helio Castroneves woul have been fined in his career if he’d been in F1 rather than IndyCar!

  9. Seriously! I understand the rules are the rules… wait… they get away with putting four wheels across the white lines but then Red Bull gets fined because Vettel wants to celebrate and entertain the fans? He just won a championship for crying out loud! Imagine if a football team or hockey team or baseball team were fined because they won their sports championship! 25,000 is a drop in the bucket for Red Bull, but still, it makes the FIA look like a bunch of prudes.

    1. @irejag I can’t speak about hockey or baseball but football players are regularly punished for overenthusiastic goal celebrations, removing their shirt etc. This brings to mind the time when footballer Paul Gascoigne was given a yellow card for pretending to give the referee a yellow card:–Ou-8

      1. Yes, but Vettel was not taunting or insulting anyone. He was celebrating his championship in a fun and harmless manner.

  10. It’s a stupid rule and the drivers should flout it at every race until the FIA stike it out of the rule book.

    Good on him, it’s ridiculous that a driver can be punished for showing emotion and entertaining the fans. FIA are a bunch of boring suits.

  11. worth it.

  12. I’m more concerned with how did he manage to do such good donuts with traction control?

    1. Phhh modern traction control can be turned on & off via a cellphone bluetooth connection in the pits. haha

  13. Enough.

    Im off to MotoGP.

    This sanitised rubbish they call F1 nowadays is a waste of time

    1. @taurus – I am always watching MotoGP as they show pure racing as they don’t give hardly any punishments to riders. They give out penalties for good reasons not FIA where they throw it like candies

  14. I would’ve given him a reprimand, too. As if the smog wasn’t enough, pffft…

  15. Best part of a dull race and he’s punished for it!

  16. I’m abroad at the moment and only have world news so couldn’t watch the race. However, on each of the channels I have (bbc world news, cnn and sky news) the reporter mentioned the penalty in the same light as the championship. It’s a shame that such a rule exists because it tarnishes the true bit of the news.

    I don’t blame the stewards for enforcing the rule because that’s their job. However, consider that the point of sport is to entertain and people in those grandstands probably paid a significant amount. Surprising, therefore, that such a ‘putting-on-a-show’ FIA is so concerned with a bit of emotion.

  17. I’ve never read so many dumb comments on one article/subject!

    He broke a rule. Rule maker punished him. Happens week in week out, what’s the fuss?
    At the end of the day he did what he wanted to do, it’s just a fine. A small one in relation to RBR’s funds (I’m sure they won;t mind paying this one)

  18. Not that I would want it to happen, but how ironic would it be if, by burning gas and tyre rubber off, while doing the donuts, the car would have come underweight and fail scrutiny?

    1. @svianna that thought did actually cross my mind! But I guessing since he was so far out front fuel saving wasn’t a problem.

    2. Even if he were excluded, he would have clinched the championship, as Alonso didn’t score a 1st or 2nd place.

  19. To make doughnuts at the end of the race: 25 000
    To celebrate as you want and deserve: It’s priceless

    1. @omarr-pepper for everything else there’s master card :-P

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