Red Bull went unpunished by the stewards after both their drivers did donuts following their one-two finish in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The team were stung with a $33,000 fine after Sebastian Vettel drove onto the start/finish straight to perform donuts in front of the crowd. The stewards said he had broken the rules by failing to bring his car into parc ferme.
However there was no such fine this time, partly because Vettel’s team made sure he knew where to go. “Sorry to be on your case but to be clear you do need to bring it home,” said his race engineer Guillaume Rocquelin on the radio.
Vettel clearly had one of Kimi Raikkonen’s celebrated retorts in his mind when he replied: “Yeah, yeah, yeah – I know what I’m doing!”
The teasing continued on Red Bull’s radio as Rocquelin told Vettel: “I’ve counted, that’s $125,000.”
“And by the way you can pay that one!” added team principal Christian Horner.
But Vettel wouldn’t be drawn on whether the celebrations will be seen at the Circuit of the Americas if he wins the next race. “I think there’s a lot of work before we get to decide whether we can do it again or not,” he said.
Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto