Red Bull: The India donuts were good for the sport and the penalty was a shame

31 October, 2013

Sebastian Vettel was reprimanded for celebrating his victory in India and the fourth title

Sebastian Vettel was reprimanded for celebrating his victory in India and the fourth title

Sebastian Vettel was right to celebrate his fourth title with tyre-smoking ‘donuts’ in India last weekend and stewards should be allowed to show more leniency on such occasions, said Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

Vettel, Formula 1′s youngest quadruple champion at 26, was reprimanded for breaching the rules by spinning the car in front of fans on the main straight after his slowing down lap.

Red Bull was fined €25 000 ($34 400) for failing to instruct the German to return directly to park his car in the pit lane after chalking up his sixth race win in a row.

“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,” Horner told reporters at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Thursday.

Sebastian Vettel's celebrations in India will be remembered as a visual highlight of the year

Sebastian Vettel’s celebrations in India will be remembered as a visual highlight of the year

“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.

“I can understand that the stewards have a set of rules in front of them but sometimes you hope that common sense does prevail,” said Horner.

He pointed out that Vettel’s ‘exuberant’ actions had gone against all the usual team advice to look after the engine and gearbox and not shed any extra weight from the tyres before post-race checks.

“I think the stewards perhaps need to be empowered to give a little more leniency in extraordinary circumstances,” continued Horner.

“They arguably could have been a lot harder in their penalty and they picked the lowest penalty they could in a reprimand and a fine for the team – despite it being the driver’s actions.”

Red Bull, he made clear with a smile, would not be sending the driver a bill. (Reuters)

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  • Safrimike

    Bernie making up his fine for in case his case goes south…..

  • ZombieJebus

    Totally agree with RBR on this topic, plus none of the Brasillian drivers have ever been scolded or penalised for doing doughnuts at the end of the season in Interlagos.

  • McLarenfan

    @Safrimike: Its the Parasites The FIA they are trying to stash as much cash as possible in to the French banks to prop up the Economy. They are heartless money grabbing PARASITES.
    Red Bull are just an ATM for the FIA they will pay the biggest entry fee for next season and Vettel will have the most expensive Super licence EVER.
    I asked Crofty but got no reply if Red bull would drive aiming to get no points now the championship is over as they cet billed for every point scored.

  • Piyush Tambekar

    I am a Vettel fan but I support FIA. FIA chose mildest possible penulty. Even a front wing costs more than the penulty amount $34000. So, I think this is okay. It will be difficult scenario in terms of track safety if drivers choose to perform donuts after race/championship wins.

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