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No punishment for Vettel's post-race donuts in Abu Dhabi

Sebastian Vettel has escaped sanction after doing donuts on his slowing down lap in Abu Dhabi
Sunday, November 3, 2013

November 3rd, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Sebastian Vettel celebrated his victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by doing donuts on the run-off area on the outside of turn 7 on his slowing down lap. This time he got away with the celebration, having not been so fortunate at last week's Indian Grand Prix where he received a reprimand from the stewards and Red Bull were fined €25,000.

Last week's punishments were the result of Vettel ignoring the requirement to take his car into parc ferme after the race. Instead of going into the pits as specified, he passed the pit entry, did some donuts on the start-finish straight and then left his car there.

This time, although he did some celebratory donuts on the track, Vettel then proceeded to the pits and parked his car in the prescribed place, thereby satisfying the regulations. He was therefore not punished for his post-race antics.

Vettel wasn't the only driver to do post-race donuts. His Red Bull team-mate, Mark Webber, joined in the fun, causing team principal Christian Horner some concern in the process. Horner said, "The problem is that it's catching now and Mark is doing it now too.

"It cost us 25,000 euros last week in doughnuts and we have eaten a fair few this week.

"Hopefully the stewards will be kind to us because the drivers brought the cars back."

Horner's hopes proved true, and both drivers escaped punishment. Their cars might not have escaped punishment, however, as donuts place large stresses on the engines and gearboxes of Formula One cars. With only two races left in the season and both championships wrapped up in their favour, however, a penalty or two for a changed engine or gearbox would not be a disaster.

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