??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

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


  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. Irejag (@irejag) said on 27th October 2013, 15:35

    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.

  7. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 27th October 2013, 15:37

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

    • tmax (@tmax) said on 27th October 2013, 18:28

      @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


  8. Kenny said on 27th October 2013, 15:44

    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!

  9. David not Coulthard (@) said on 27th October 2013, 15:51

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

  10. Euro Brun (@eurobrun) said on 27th October 2013, 15:54

    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.

  11. 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!

  12. Jason (@saint-jay) said on 27th October 2013, 15:59

    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.

  13. Euro Brun (@eurobrun) said on 27th October 2013, 16:02

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


  14. Irejag (@irejag) said on 27th October 2013, 16:07

    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.

  15. Worth it!

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