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Red Bull fined, Vettel reprimanded for donuts

Sebastian Vettel celebrated his fourth World Championship by doing donuts on the start-finish straight in India... and was then penalised by the stewards
Sunday, October 27, 2013

October 27th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Sebastian Vettel became the youngest ever four-time World Champion today, when he won the Indian Grand Prix and put himself in an unassailable lead in the 2013 World Championship. Vettel celebrated his win with a few post-race donuts on the start-finish straight, which entertained the crowd but did not amuse the stewards.

As an indication of just how much Formula One is out of touch with the importance of engaging with its fans, Vettel's post-race celebration was against regulations. According to the rules of Formula One, a driver must proceed directly to parc ferme after the conclusion of the race. Vettel did not do so, which accordingly earns him a penalty.

In this case, the stewards accepted the special circumstances and only reprimanded Vettel, but even that small punishment must seem bizarre to motorsport fans who might have watched NASCAR and seen winning drivers routinely celebrate by doing post-race donuts and burn-outs.

Red Bull were also punished for Vettel's breach of regulations. They were fined €25,000 (approximately $34,500) for failing to "instruct the driver sufficiently to return directly to post-race parc ferme." Apparently Red Bull told Vettel to go straight to parc ferme, but he ignored the instruction.

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