??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. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 27th October 2013, 16:24

    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.

  2. Lancer033 (@lancer033) said on 27th October 2013, 16:31

    worth it.

  3. Merv (@) said on 27th October 2013, 16:44

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

  4. taurus (@taurus) said on 27th October 2013, 16:48


    Im off to MotoGP.

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

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

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

  7. Cornflakes (@cornflakes) said on 27th October 2013, 18:12

    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.

  8. timi (@timi) said on 27th October 2013, 18:22

    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)

  9. svianna (@svianna) said on 27th October 2013, 18:29

    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?

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

  11. Pete (@repete86) said on 27th October 2013, 19:24

    This is why Americans prefer Nascar…

  12. raptor22 said on 27th October 2013, 19:37

    He treated those Pirelli’s with the disdain they deserved!

  13. In 2011 when he clinched the title in Japan he did some pretty impressive doughnuts in front of grandstand B. Was he pinched then as well.

  14. BJ (@beejis60) said on 27th October 2013, 20:03

    Idiotic fine.

  15. gregwtravels (@gregwtravels) said on 27th October 2013, 20:10

    I enjoyed the celebration.

    But, at the same time, I completely expected some sort of penalty to be assessed. The rule is in place to ensure that the car and driver can be scrutinised to ensure there is no cheating. Vettel did delay going to the pits, interacted with a number of marshals, and ended up throwing part of his kit (his gloves) into the crowd. Technically, he could have been shedding weight during this time by passing / discarding weights from his person. I don’t actually think he was, but that is why the rule is in place.

    The reprimand and fine are very minimal, so think that the stewarts were on the mark with giving a light penalty.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 27th October 2013, 21:05

      I have a picture in my mind of medics trying to resucitate a fan KOd by a glove, but of course that’s totally back to front as you need to make minimum weight not maximum.

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