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. This is why Americans prefer Nascar…

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

  3. 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.

  4. Idiotic fine.

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

  6. Post race win donuts should be allowed. Post championship donuts should be mandatory! Better promotion of the sport than anyone else has managed recently and nobody gets hurt. I’m not a Vettel fan but he did the motor racing thing at the end there, the FIA should be taking notes not handing out fines

    1. I love that. “Post-race win donuts should be encouraged, post-championship win donuts should be mandatory”!

    2. Yes. There should be special circumstances when drivers can celebrate beyond the rules.

      Winning a race at home, rare success(a rare win, podium or point), winning the WDC…

      And the way Vettel did it was the safest possible. After the in-lap… not during. He knew no-one else would be on the track by then. This should be allowed.


  8. Donuts were one of the reasons why I loved Zannardi while he was winning races in US. And Vattel also wanted to show the world that his Red Bull doesn’t have traction control…..:)

  9. C’mon 25k + a repremimant for an non-driving infringement is virtually no penalty. It’s just FIA…
    Yes, I love post race celebrations and donuts are awesome. But in the world of FIA it is the best way they could handle it.

  10. Is there usually a track invasion at Buddh?

    While I like that VET was able to celebrate, dumping the car on the circuit afterwards must have made it an unplanned logistical nightmare for organisers…

    Leave aside that he didn’t weigh in etc.

    By all means celebrate, but you still have to fulfill post-race commitments…

    1. I’m pretty sure that organizers don’t let people on the track while there are still cars on the road. At least, they didn’t anymore. It was also clear to see there was nobody on the track.

    2. unfortunately nobody is let out even during podium celebration . Only a lucky and influential few get to see .

  11. The only doughnuts are the stewards for even making an issue about this.
    Who cares if its in the rule books, get rid of the rule as its bloody stupid.
    The sport is in such a state those doughnuts were the only exciting part of the race!
    Im going to abu dhabi next week (from London!! ££££) for a race where the championship is already over, i hope there are a few more doughnuts next week, that way i will have something to look forward to!

    Actually maybe we could all tweat like crazy and get all the drivers to do doughnuts and all the fans to throw doughnuts onto the track!

    1. I’m there as well (from London too)! I’ll bring the Krispy Kremes!

  12. Whatever you call it – it was money well spent!!

  13. I bet when the fans went wild Charlie Whiting was straight on the radio to the FIA asking what they were doing! Great way to finish Seb!

  14. I love the Stewards took note of the “special circumstances” lol. Yeah, not soon to be repeated.

    I remember Vettel did a few donuts in Japan in 2011 at Turn 3 on the in lap after the race (and winning the WDC).

    Good for Vettel, great great imagery, and reminencent of the Indy 500 celebrations that have come customary (I think Nascar does it as well at times), and I don’t think anyone is going to lose sleep with the stewards giving the penalty. I wouldn’t fault the stewards for this.

    I do give kudos’ to the FIA personnel who came out to keep people away from car until it could be rolled back into parc ferme.

  15. It’s hard to improve the ‘show’ and make the sport more entertaining when every time you do something that improves the show and make things more entertaining your handed penalty’s, fines and reprimands.

  16. This is just stupid rules… I don’t care if they are the rules, I don’t like vettel, but he deserved the title and deserve to celebrate in a car fashion…. V8 supercars do donuts and burnouts every single race and there is no problem…

    If the driver throws the gloves, or the helmet, or burns his rubber whats the problem? Those behaviours will make them even lighter for the final weighting wich would make them more at risk, there’s nothing to be gained….

    This kind of penalitys are joke…. and yes yes yes yes… the rules bla bla bla… the rules simply suck… period

  17. FIA : Hey man you got four titles , you owe us some money for making you popular as we run the sport , so buddy pay up ….um….wait ……..okay….that would be negative publicity for us …so …..RBR pay up …as you have too much money . Actually Mark Webber also threw his gloves at the fans after he retired which also is a reprimand actually :-P, It could have hit someone and damaged them .

    This is ridiculous . I was so disappointed for not being able to see the donuts as I was in a different section of the track . But I heard it . And boy it was awesome !!!!!!!

  18. This is yet another nail in the coffin. The FIA have gone backwards in the last race since Singapore. Come on FIA he just won a World Championship, I don’t see a V8 Supercar driver do doughnut after they win a race like Bathurst.

  19. so webber getting picked up by alonso was dangerous and this wasnt? what is one of the mercedes hadve hit him while spinning around? penalise him 10 grid spots at next grand prix. If it was his first championship fair enough but he’s already had 3!! why all the excitement for?

    1. David not Coulthard (@)
      28th October 2013, 13:20

      so webber getting picked up by alonso was dangerous and this wasnt?

      There weren’t anybody else on track

      penalise him 10 grid spots at next grand prix.

      All Webber got was a reprimand, really. It just so hapens that it was his 3rd.

    2. @me262 all I can say is wow.

      1. @vettel1 I thought Vettel was better but thanks :)

  20. Blimey, krispy kreme are no longer the most overpriced donuts known to man.

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