Vettel reprimanded for post-race donuts
27 October 2013 – Sebastian Vettel has escaped serious penalty for his post-race celebrations at the Indian Grand Prix, with the stewards instead opting to give the Red Bull driver a reprimand and issue his team with a fine of 25,000 euros (21,341 pounds).
Vettel, who dominated the race to claim his fourth successive world title, was called for a meeting with the panel after completing donuts in front of the main grandstand, a breach of article 43.3 of the regulations as he did not return directly to parc fermé.
Having spoken to the German and a member of his team, the stewards ultimately decided to hand out a fine, determining that he was not instructed sufficiently.
"The driver failed to proceed directly to the post race parc fermé as detailed under article 43.3 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations," said the stewards. "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 fermé."
Vettel's reprimand is his first of the season; under the current sporting regulations, three driving related reprimands results in a 10-place grid drop at the following event.