Sebastian Vettel may have been the man to re-write the history books for winning his fourth consecutive Drivers’ Championship this afternoon at the Buddh International Circuit, but the subsequent celebrations by the 26-year-old history maker were not unnoticed by the stewards.
Vettel was hit with a reprimand for his actions, as he celebrated his record-making achievement by laying down some Pirelli P-Zero rubber doughnuts on the main straight, before leaving the RB9 there as he walked into pit lane. The actions were subsequently an infraction according to article 43.3 of the FIA Sporting Regulations, as the Heppenheimer should have taken the car into parc ferme after the race’s completion.
A €25,000 fine was given to Infiniti Red Bull Racing as a result of said incident, as Team Manager Johnathan Wheatley was also called to the stewards’s office as well to hear the case that was made against the team and driver.
However, considering the nature of the achievement, it appears that a monumental achievement by a driver of Vettel’s calibre was given special dispensation in light of his actions after the chequered flag had fallen after 60 laps today.
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