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."