FIA legalises celebration donuts in wake of Vettel’s memorable antics in India 17 February, 2014 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 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) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsVerstappen too young for F1 says TodtTodt says nine F1 teams sufficient for 2015 seasonHamilton: This one definitely feels sweeter than the firstDomenicali replaces Berger as FIA open-wheel bossHamilton collects 2014 Formula 1 champion’s trophyF1 drivers’ union GPDA backs Bianchi reportFIA release 2015 F1 calendar with 21 race datesDouble points scrapped as virtual safety car gets the nodFormula 1 introduces minimum age limit of 18Mosley ready to help F1 amid EU investigation Stoner Finally something sensible from FIA symanski They’ve remembered it’s all about entertainment. Tamburello1994 FIA get an “atta boy” for the day . . For once, a good decision. Miracles can happen. Will Icare yeah, I don’t mind if the driver breaks the clutch or transmission showing off – the team has plenty more, right? BS Lame…donuts are classless, nascar bs. Resultant Asteroid In my opinion, they are trying to sweeten their image now, throw us a bone, after the double points rule As you said, “For once”. farizY I do love donuts. Devesh The only change this season that makes sense. Tamburello1994 Dunkin D or Krispy K ? Tamburello1994 I was gonna say that. McLarenfan It is time to stop all the stupid rules yes rules are needed but the no donuts and no flag rules are pathetic and more so if you take the FIA attitude “Alonso driving with the Spanish flag and stopping on track to embrace fans is OK” but they state it was height of emotion and it is against the rules anyone else will be fined.