Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sebastian Vettel doughnuts cost Red Bull $36,000


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Vettel races to fourth title

Sebastian Vettel secures his fourth Formula One championship title after winning the Indian Grand Prix.

PT1M30S 620 349 October 28, 2013 - 6:51AM

Sebastian Vettel got off with a reprimand but Red Bull were slapped with a 25,000 euros ($36,000) fine over the German's rubber-burning 'doughnuts' after sealing the world title in India.

Vettel defied the officials and span round and round in his car in front of the packed grandstand, raising a plume of smoke, after winning the race and his fourth straight championship.

He then climbed on top of his Red Bull and saluted the crowd before kneeling down in front of his car in mock worship, raising a huge roar from the spectators.

Sebastian Vettel said he "had to do it".

Sebastian Vettel said he "had to do it". Photo: AP Photo

Race stewarts summoned Vettel and a team official and issued the punishments after examining video and audio tapes. But they said they showed leniency over Vettel's "special circumstance".


"The driver failed to proceed directly from the circuit to the post-race parc ferme as detailed under article 43.3 of the FIA Formula One sporting regulations," an FIA release said.

"Due to the special circumstance, the stewards accepted the explanation of the driver. The team failed to instruct the driver sufficiently to return directly to post-race parc ferme."

However, Vettel's comments, given separately, appeared to contradict that version of events.

"I didn't think about the doughnuts before the race today - it just happened," Vettel said.

"My engineer directed for the usual procedure, but I said 'not this time!' There are so many people on the main grandstand here, I just had to do it."

Last month, Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber was also reprimanded for running on to the track and hitching a ride on Fernando Alonso's Ferrari after the Singapore Grand Prix.

But Webber's punishment resulted in a 10-place grid penalty because it was his third reprimand this season, an outcome which left the Australian driver fuming.

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