Late last season when German racing phenomenon Sebastian Vettel won the Indian Grand Prix, the 26-year-old driver celebrated by enacting a well-known form of automotive antics - the donut.

Vettel's celebratory burnouts earned him a $35,000 fine and a reprimand from the bosses in the Formula One administration. That fine and reprimand didn't discourage the German, who performed donuts in his next two wins in Abu Dhabi and Brazil (shown above). For 2014, though, the rules have been changed. Drivers are now allowed to perform burnouts, although only under very specific conditions.

The FIA, Formula One's governing body, has tweaked Article 43.3, which stated that all drivers had to head to parc ferme immediately. The new rule permits the race winner to stop on the circuit, grab a flag and yes, perform donuts (follow on below to see exactly what we mean).

Scroll down the official language, direct from the FIA, courtesy of F1 Times.

"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).

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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      bgruia
      • 10 Months Ago
      What if you finish second, but gain the lead in championship points - will they fine you for doing donuts because "you are not a winner"?
        timber
        • 10 Months Ago
        @bgruia
        That is a particularly good question especially considering it could happen at the last race of the season...
          bgruia
          • 10 Months Ago
          @timber
          Exactly! There's also the scenario of an unlikely podium by a backmarker... The FIA has turned into sister Ratched
      pwr2lbs
      • 10 Months Ago
      Donuts are for winners!
      Flat4
      • 10 Months Ago
      Vettel is NOT a racing phenomenon!
      Love Great Danes
      • 10 Months Ago
      I don't think doing donuts helps the cars fuel economy. or the tires for that matter.....
      doubleninetyseven
      • 10 Months Ago
      This only allows male drivers to do burnouts. "...call into question the legality of HIS car."
        juststudent
        • 10 Months Ago
        @doubleninetyseven
        I thought, in english-speaking countries, it's common to call unknown subject as male?
          Pj Taintz
          • 10 Months Ago
          @juststudent
          it is, but the PC police are in full effect these days, I suppose we should start using the correct term of "it"
          PICKLEBOY
          • 10 Months Ago
          @juststudent
          Actually not really lol We have some people that get offended by that stuff. We usually say his/her or their
      RocketRed
      • 10 Months Ago
      So Vettel: "Ich mache ein Berliner."
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