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Red Bull fined, Vettel reprimanded for donuts
Sunday 27th October 2013, 14:35 by TF1T Staff
Vettel emerges through the smoke (© Sutton Images)
Red Bull have been fined £21,000 (€25,000) on behalf of Sebastian Vettel who received a reprimand for failing to return to perc ferme following the conclusion of the Indian Grand Prix.
The German, who won the race and his fourth title, passed the pit entry and instead completed a number of donuts in front of the main grandstand before stopping his car on the start/finish line.
The FIA summoned Vettel and Red Bull to explain themselves and handed down the aformentioned penalites, not for the donuts, but for the failure to return the car to the pits after.
However, the stewards statement hinted that the penalty was less harsh because of the cirumstances - with Vettel winning the title.
"The driver failed to proceed directly to the post race parc ferme as detailed under article 43.3 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations.
"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 post race parc ferme."
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