Sebastian Vettel reprimanded after championship celebrations

Sebastian Vettel reprimanded after championship celebrations

The Red Bull Formula One team has been fined £21,400 by world motorsport's governing authority following Sebastian Vettel's exuberant celebrations at the end of the Indian Grand Prix.

Vettel performed a series of donuts on the main start/finish straight after the race had finished, before leaping out of the car to celebrate winning his fourth world championship and throwing his gloves into the crowd.
However, the FIA's rules state that every car must be returned to the parc fermé – the enclosure where racing cars are parked after the race so that scrutineers can ensure they still meet technical regulations.

Stewards decided that Vettel's contravention of the rules was severe enough to earn him a reprimand, and his Red Bull team a fine.

However, they did not issue any further penalties, which could have included demotion in position from this race or the next, or even exclusion.

"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 FIA in a statement.

"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 the post-race parc fermé."

Vettel's crushing race win in India was enough to earn him the 2013 driver's title, with three races still left to run this season.

It is now mathematically impossible for second-placed driver Fernando Alonso to catch him.

The title is Vettel's fourth, making him only the fourth driver ever to achieve such a feat, as well as the youngest.

He is also the only driver to have won his first four titles consecutively.
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