GrandPrix.com notes that Massa broke a rule at the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix. I thought this as soon as I saw him being handed the flag. That’s right. A driver waving a flag to celebrate at the end of the race is against the rules.
The ridiculous rule was either brought in after Damon Hill waved a Union Flag at Silverstone or Olivier Panis flew the tricolore at Monaco. It also brought to an end to one of the most iconic moments of an F1 victory. You can buy die-cast models of Hill waving the Union Flag from his car. Yet today the act of doing so is banned.
It’s not the only ridiculous rule about celebrating victories. Drivers are no longer allowed to give other drivers a lift. Maybe you can excuse this for safety reasons, but I’m sure F1 drivers are very much aware of the risks involved in doing this.
Teams are not allowed to climb the pit wall when a driver crosses the finish line — another ridiculous rule brought in for seemingly no reason.
And here is the big one. F1 drivers are not allowed to do donuts on their slowing down lap.
Isn’t that unbelievable? It would be like banning goal celebrations in football. Wait a minute…