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Performing Donuts in F1 allowed, strictly only for winners


Celebratory donuts as seen by Sebastian Vettel in last year’s F1 race in India was previously seen as a crime by F1’s governing body, the FIA, as the German was fined for his donut creating antics while celebrating his forth driver’s title. Now, the FIA has allowed the celebratory donuts to be done, only for the winning driver of a race.

That allows amendment Article 43.3 of its 2014 Sporting Regulations as below:

After receiving the end-of-race signal all cars must proceed on the circuit directly to the post race parc ferme without any unnecessary delay, without receiving any object whatsoever and without any assistance (except that of the marshals if necessary),” reads 43.3.

“An exception to Article 30.4 (which states a driver cannot stop on track without a justifiable reason) and to the above will be made for the winning driver who may perform an act of celebration before reaching parc ferme, provided any such act;

– Is performed safely and does not endanger other drivers or officials.

– Does not call into question the legality of his car.

– Does not delay the podium ceremony.

“Any classified car which cannot reach the post race parc ferme under its own power will be placed under the exclusive control of the marshals who will take the car to the parc ferme.

On that notion, Sebastian Vettel has rewritten the F1’s history books, not because of his numerous driver’s titles in F1, but as the man who pushed the FIA to make donuts legal.

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