FIA legalises 'donuts' in Formula 1


We're not suggesting that it was previously illegal for drivers, marshals and commentators to eat the sugary snacks on race weekend but rather it was frowned upon by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) for jubilant Grand Prix winners to lay down some tyre smoke after a successful race.
Formula 1 fans will remember that Sebastian Vettel was penalised for shredding his tyres after he was crowned world champion at the Indian Grand Prix. The smoky spectacle was one of the highlights of an otherwise fairly dull season but the German driver was due to be fined £21,000 and reprimanded for his antics by Formula 1's governing body.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told reporters after the incident: "Sometimes there are things that don't fully comply with a regulation, perhaps it's 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."

He added, "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."

The FIA has seen sense and this season, stewards will be empowered to turn a blind eye to post-race celebrations.

Official 2014 guidelines state that drivers are allowed to "perform an act of celebration" after crossing the finish line, provided the act is "performed safely" and "does not delay the podium ceremony".

Although the rules remain a little muddy (are donuts safe?) it does mean that drivers can at least show some emotion without the risk of being chastised by officials.
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