Sebastian Vettel denied Hamilton and Alonso Abu Dhabi doughnut display

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Sebastian Vettel has been denied doughnut celebrations with Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel partied in front of the crowd after crossing the line to end his Formula One career, spinning his Aston Martin around in plumes of smoke on the straight. 

However, both Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton had already retired from the race which stopped them from getting involved. Ahead of the weekend, Alonso pledged he would get involved in any celebrations after the chequered flag. 

When asked if he would do doughnuts with the German, Alonso simply replied: “hopefully.” Meanwhile, Hamilton has previously done doughnuts for the crowd in Abu Dhabi and would have been tipped to get involved.

Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez were seen celebrating moments before Vettel crossed the line. But, the FIA had banned some drivers from celebrating with Vettel on the startline unless they finished in the top three. 

It meant Alonso and Hamilton would have had to pick another place for the send-off.

The FIA said: “The drivers who finish the race in the top three positions (and the #5 car if not in the top three) will need to stay on track, drop to the back of the pack and head straight for the grid, where they will have the opportunity to to hold post-championship celebrations if they wish.

“After those celebrations, you’ll need to head over to the starting lights gantry, where you’ll find the boards with positions 1, 2, 3. Any other driver who If you want to hold post-championship celebrations you should do it in a safe place off the track and before pit lane, and then you should head straight back to pitlane.”

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Lewis Hamilton, Vettel and Fernando Alonso did doughnuts after the chequered flag at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas also performed for the fans after the final race in 2020. 

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