If, as Oscar Wilde famously said, an optimist sees a doughnut and a pessimist sees a hole, then Formula 1 dug itself in to a bit of the latter in India last weekend.
Sebastian Vettel's joyous celebrations on the start-finish straight drew more admiration - and certainly a bigger round of applause in the media centre - than when he crossed the finish line to secure a historic fourth title.
His conscious decision to ignore team instructions (not for the first time, mind you!) and seize the moment with donuts, a kneel in front of his car and a fence climb, rather than proceed directly to parc ferme, was a delight for everyone. Apart from the FIA.
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