Celebrations are banned

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…


  1. Apparently they were considering banning overtaking as well, until someone pointed out there generally wasn’t enough of it to warrant further consideration.

    Seriously though, this safety stuff is just a load of sour faced killjoys having to come up with new rules and precedures to justify their existence. It’s like FIFA, a bunch of business men in suits running the game of football so they can continue being paid bucket loads of cash to sit in their executive boxes at cup finals where they only find something else to moan about.

    I did think Massa went a bit over the top though with his celebrations. I don’t think he even noticed Alonso before he got up to the podium.

  2. I think the waving of flags from victorious drivers to be emotive – I really like it. When a country discovers something/place – a flag is put in place. What is wrong with waving a flag after a war or winning a race? And I’ll always remember Schumacher giving Fisichella a lift back at 1997s German Grand Prix – it was a symbol of thanks, after Fisi ran Michael ragged for much of the race, and the two clearly had a good time. If drivers are willing to risk their lives inside these 200mph machines, I’m sure they can cope with holding onto a car at 50mph!