FIA legalises celebration donuts in wake of Vettel’s memorable antics in India

Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday 24 November 2013.

Sebastian Vettel celebrates with donuts in Brazil

Post-race celebratory ‘donuts’ have been declared legal by Formula 1’s governing body.

Sebastian Vettel was given an official reprimand by the FIA after crossing the line in India to become World Champion for the fourth time, last season.

“Are you serious?” Lewis Hamilton said when told of Vettel’s penalty. “That’s crazy!”

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told reporters after the incident “Sometimes there are things that don’t fully comply with a regulation, perhaps its a tennis player climbing out of the court and going to embrace his parents in a box at Wimbledon or a footballer going to hug a family member in the crowd.”

Sebastian Vettel's championship celebrations in India were the visual highlight of the season

Sebastian Vettel’s championship celebrations in India were the visual highlight of the season

He added, “From a team point of view I think it was exactly the right thing for him to do. I think it’s good for the sport and it’s a shame that it was penalised.”

Horner agreed that race stewards “need to be empowered to give a little more leniency in extraordinary circumstances”.

That is exactly what has happened. As confirmed in the latest draft of the 2014 sporting regulations, race winners will from now on be exempt from having to drive straight to parc ferme.

Now, they are allowed to “perform an act of celebration” after crossing the finish line, provided the act is “performed safely” and “does not delay the podium ceremony”. (GMM)

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