Vettel Cut His Finger on Podium, in China

The race at Shanghai last weekend was as spectacular and event-full on track as it was on the podium. During the Chinese Grand Prix ceremony, there were a number of things that went wrong and added to the particularity of the race itself. One of those things was winner Sebastian Vettel cutting his finger when being handled the Chinese trophy.

While not very used to lifting winner's trophies in Formula 1 – being that that Shanghai win was only his second of career – the German driver sustained a slight injury on his finger. The finger cut was obvious in the podium pictures, as Vettel is captured sucking the side of his thumb. When asked about it by German tabloid Bild, the Red Bull Racing driver confirmed the incident.

“When I was raising the cup, I cut myself, no big deal. I put on a sticking plaster and still went to the party,” said Vettel, as reported by the aforementioned course.

Also, during the award ceremony, the Chinese officials played the wrong national anthem for the winning constructor. Although Red Bull Racing – Renault are an Austrian outfit, team-owned by Dietrich Mateschitz, the organizers played “God Save The Queen”. They later argued that, while racing under an Austrian license, the team is actually based in Milton-Keynes, UK.

Red Bull Racing won their first race in Formula 1 last weekend, which partially explains the award ceremony fiasco in China. At only his 3rd race with the Milton Keynes based outfit, Vettel powered to his second win of career, while joined on the overall podium by teammate Mark Webber. The Chinese podium was completed by Brawn GP's Jenson Button.
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