Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull escaped punishment after the German did another series of donuts post-race in Abu Dhabi.
Just seven days prior to his punishment, the team were fined €25,000 and Vettel was reprimanded after he celebrated his fourth world title with donuts on the front straight after the Indian Grand Prix, however in Abu Dhabi the event wasn’t even investigated by the stewards.
“You are a naughty boy,” former driver Martin Brundle told Vettel on the Abu Dhabi podium.
“That’s going to cost somebody some money.”
Indeed Red Bull themselves were fearful of another fine when Vettel’s engineer Guillaume ‘Rocky’ Rocquelin repeatedly told the German not to repeat his India antics.
Vettel however laughed on the radio and said: “I’m going to quote (Kimi Raikkonen).
‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know what I’m doing'.”
Team boss Christian Horner replied immediately: “You can pay the fine for that one.”
However as Vettel did the donuts on the run-off area on the outside of turn seven and returned to Parc Ferme there was no such qualms this time.
“This time I brought the car back, so it’s fine,” Vettel smiled. “As you can see it’s in Parc Ferme.”
Even his team-mate Mark Webber celebrated with some tyre-smoking action of his own.
“It’s not great for the gearbox or the engine,” Horner admitted, “but it’s good for the drivers to let off steam and there are only two races left.”
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