Vettel almost misses FIA prize-giving in Turkey

Sebastian Vettel - Christian Horner.FIA Prize Giving Gala, Istanbul, Turkey, 7 December 2012.

Dec.10 (GMM) World champion Sebastian Vettel almost missed the FIA’s end-of-season FIA prize giving gala, where he received his trophy for winning the 2012 title for a third consecutive time.

But DPA news agency reports that the Red Bull driver actually touched down in Istanbul without his passport, and initially was refused entry into Turkey.

“Vettel, who arrived on a private jet, had to wait over an hour at the airport,” the report read.

“It was only after the intervention of the Turkish motor sports federation that he was allowed through customs with a replacement document.”

Kimi Raikkonen, who said that he “unfortunately” had to attend due to finishing the season in third place, also caused a stir when he showed up at the black-tie function – wearing a suit but no tie.

“I don’t follow the rules,” Lotus quoted the inimitable Finn on Twitter, “I just make them.”

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  • Kili Liam

    Kimi @ his best! ahahahahahahahahahahahahah


  • McLarenfan

    Kimi what a laugh

  • Hawk

    I LOVE THAT!!!

  • John

    Kimi is doing his return to F1 his way.

  • vx-2

    Kimi, the party-crasher, obviously showing his displeased being force to attend the event….. LMAO.. lol nice one iceman !

  • Steve Maximus

    Got to love Kimi.

  • Barlow

    Does anyone know why Kimi didn’t wear a tie? He was hoping they wouldn’t let him come in to the gala!! I can just hear him explain, “I was going to come, but they wouldn’t let me in! Probably with a straight face.

  • JodyRenza

    At least we have Kimi in the James Hunt-mould…you never know what to expect with him!!