Sebastian Vettel denied Hamilton and Alonso Abu Dhabi doughnut display
Sebastian Vettel was 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 Alonso and Hamilton had already retired from the race which stopped them from getting involved with their long-time rival and friend. 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 expected to get involved with his good friend.
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 start line unless they finished in the top three.
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Hamilton, Vettel and 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.
Vettel finished his final race in tenth but Aston Martin just missed out on sixth in the Constructors’ Championship as Daniel Ricciardo just held on to ninth. After the race, Vettel said: “I wish it would have been a couple more points but I enjoyed the race. Once the lights go off, it’s full-on race mode. Today we didn’t go for the best strategy which was a shame.
“I think we could have turned the constructors’ championship around for us. A big day and a big thanks for all the support. It’s been very, very special and I’m sure I’m going to miss F1 more than I understand right now.”
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