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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  • 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?

  • $41418970

    The FiA actually made a good decision?
    Did Hell freeze over?

  • 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.

  • D.R.S

    The only welcome change this season.

  • 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.