Sebastian Vettel reprimanded by Indian GP stewards for title-celebrating 'doughnuts'
Stewards take in to account 'special circumstances' as Red Bull fined
By James Galloway in Greater Noida. Last Updated: October 27, 2013 4:18pm
Vettel lands fourth title
Sebastian Vettel has been reprimanded and Red Bull fined for the driver's post-Indian GP victory 'doughnuts' performed in the wake of securing his fourth successive World Championship.
At the end of his slow-down lap at the Buddh International Circuit on Sunday, Vettel broke with established F1 convention by continuing on to the pitstraight, rather than entering the pitlane and the mandatory parc ferme area, where he completed a number of celebratory smokey spins before getting out and celebrating with the fans.
Although Vettel was widely lauded for the spontaneous act, the action was nonetheless a breach of Article 43.3 of F1's Sporting Regulations which states that after taking the chequered flag "all cars must proceed on the circuit directly to the post race parc ferme without any unnecessary delay".
Amid his celebrations at becoming F1's youngest ever quadruple title winner, Vettel and team boss Christian Horner were summoned to see the stewards to explain the driver's actions and several hours after the race a reprimand was issued to the German and fine of €25,000 to Red Bull.
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However, the stewards did state that the "special circumstances" of the occasion had been taken in to account in the ruling.
"The driver failed to proceed directly to the post race parc ferme as detailed under article 43.3 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations," the FIA statement read.
"Due to the special circumstances the Stewards accepted the explanation of the driver.
"The team failed to instruct the driver sufficiently to return directly to post race parc ferme."
The penalty represents Vettel's first reprimand of his latest title-winning season. Drivers receive a ten-place grid penalty for the next race only when they reach three such sanctions.