You might call it the "Vettel Rule": victory donuts are now legal in Formula 1. That's right, after winning a race, the victor can do their spinny rings of tire death at will.
In fact, the winning driver can now do an in-car celebration of just about any sort, reports The F1 Times. Stopping on track, picking up the flag, or just about any other creative celebration is now legal--so long as it doesn't endanger fans or officials, "call into question the legality" of the car, or delay the podium ceremony.
The new exception to the parc ferme rules after a race are likely attributable directly to Sebastian Vettel's antics last year. After winning the Indian Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit last year, Vettel celebrated with a big cloud of donuts. Then he was fined a bit over $35,000. But then Vettel, joined by his teammate Mark Webber, did donuts after finishing 1-2 at Abu Dhabi--essentially flipping the bird at the FIA's fines.
That left the FIA with the choice of looking like irrelevant, fun-hating fools, or amending the regulations to allow some reasonable demonstrations of the joy of winning. We're glad they finally came around.