In case you weren’t watching last Sunday, German prodigy Sebastian Vettel and the team for which he drives, Infiniti Red Bull Racing, clinched their fourth consecutive Formula 1 driver’s and constructor’s championships, respectively, by winning the Indian Grand Prix. These milestones were not, however, attained without incident. For starters, Mark Webber – driver of the other Red Bull-Renault RB9 – was knocked out of the race due to mechanical failure. And after the race, a euphoric Vettel proceeded to do donuts on the frontstretch and toss his gloves into a main grandstand packed with excited fans; that sort of thing may be par for the course in American racing, but it’s hella verboten in the super-regimented world of Formula 1, and grand prix racing’s crown prince was handed a reprimand and the team was fined 25,000 euros as a result.
However, the rooftop helipad of the Burj Al Arab, a skyscraper located just off the coast of Dubai, doesn’t fall under FIA jurisdiction. As a result, former F1 driver and current F1 TV commentator/Red Bull ambassador David Coulthard had no need to worry about getting chewed out by the stewards for doing donuts. A sticky throttle sending him plummeting into the drink 689 feet below, maybe, but not a chewing-out.