No fine for Red Bull’s latest donuts


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.