As you have all heard by now, Sebastian Vettel has been fined $25,000 for his victory celebration in India. Regardless of whether you feel it is deserved, it appears most fans very much disagree with the notion to punish a driver for celebrating a victory like that. Because of that, I decided this would be a great opportunity to make a statement to the FIA, and make the world a better place.
Let the FIA have their $25,000. Let us, as fans, give $25,000 to the children in India (where this happened) and Brazil (where we finish the season).
On top of that
* Sebastian Vettel will be asked to double all donations
* Michael Schumacher will be asked to double any $91 donations
* Fernando Alonso will be asked to double all $1571 donations,
* all drivers will be asked to double donations of $9,482 (the total number of points collected by all drivers, at the end of the race in Brazil)
Completely optional for them of course, but I think it’d be a nice gesture.
But first and foremost, this is a chance for us as fans to make a statement to the FIA, and do some good for the world in the meantime.
Sorry, but I can’t get on-board with this. The FIA did not fine Vettel for the sake of raising revenue. They fined Vettel for breaking the sporting code. No matter how bizarre it might seem, they can’t go selectively applying the rules because it suits them. People criticised them endlessly for doing it in the past, and now they’re being criticised endlessly for not doing it.
What exactly happens with the FIA fine money? I know a few years ago NASCAR started taking their fine money (which had at the time just been placed into the end of the year points fund for the series the fine came from) and putting it towards the NASCAR Foundation which then distributes it to various charitable organizations.