Post-race donuts allowed under 2014 rules


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16 February 2014 by TF1T Staff | M
          

The FIA has amended the 2014 Sporting Regulations, making it legal for drivers to celebrate a victory in any way they wish, as long as it meets certain criteria.

The change was made after Sebastian Vettel ignored a regulation which bans donuts on numerous occasions throughout the 2013 season.

Red Bull were fined £21,000 (€25,000, $35,000) on behalf of Vettel who also received a reprimand for failing to return to perc ferme when he stopped his car on the start/finish straight.

Such an act will now be allowed under an amendment to the rules.

Whilst Article 43.3 still permits all drivers to head directly to parc ferme immediately, an exception to the rule has been added for the race winner only, not only allowing him to perform donuts and pick up a flag, but to stop on circuit too.

"After receiving the end-of-race signal all cars must proceed on the circuit directly to the post race parc ferme without any unnecessary delay, without receiving any object whatsoever and without any assistance (except that of the marshals if necessary)," reads 43.3.

"An exception to Article 30.4 (which states a driver cannot stop on track without a justifiable reason) and to the above will be made for the winning driver who may perform an act of celebration before reaching parc ferme, provided any such act;

- Is performed safely and does not endanger other drivers or officials.

- Does not call into question the legality of his car.

- Does not delay the podium ceremony.

"Any classified car which cannot reach the post race parc ferme under its own power will be placed under the exclusive control of the marshals who will take the car to the parc ferme."

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