F1 » Vettel title hangs in balance

Sebastian Vettel could be stripped of his third F1 world championship if it can be proved that he passed Jean-Eric Vergne under yellow flags at Interlagos on Sunday.

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Redstone - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 11:07 AM

Having watched the images it does look to me that Vettel did pass Vernge before the green flag. If it shown that Vettel, possibly inadvertently because he was trying to make up positions, then the appropriate punishment should be handed out by the FIA irrespective of which team or driver is pushing for the appeal

Makrus - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 11:08 AM

People complain the title shouldn't be won in court.
Well if they did their job properly this wouldn't have happened.
I don't even like Ferrari but I can't believe that got missed. I wonder how many times it's happened in the past.

vettelsafe - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 11:08 AM


damn, it was a nice clip with pictures clearly showing that nothing is wrong, you can see the green flag.
So if it's not a photoshop-job by red bull racing, than it looks ok for Seb.

Endangered Sport - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 11:11 AM

I'm a huge Vettel fan. But I also would like him to win his third under correct circumstances. Our support of Vettel's cheating is not the right way of grooming the next possible Schumacher. If we support this rule breaking, then we are sending a message that anyone can break the rules and will get away with it. Next time a championship is won by cheating, we wont have a right to complain or appeal.

Smokey - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 11:12 AM

"Autosport are now reporting the FIA say there is no case to answer ,Vettel's move was legal."
Posted by elijah

This means that drivers are allowed to pass behind the yellow flags?


November 29, 2012 11:12 AM

a lot of this is media hype.

Posted by richard (12 minutes ago)

Actually this has been in discussion on the internet especially in F1 pages in Facebook before the press started actively reporting it. Its a hot topic and a controversial one. Either way this will lead to more clarifications of the caution signals.


November 29, 2012 11:15 AM


"FIA sources have confirmed to AUTOSPORT that the yellow-flag sector at Interlagos starts at the light panel just before Turn 3, at marshal sector 3, and ends about 150m before Turn 4, where a green light panel is displayed.

However, there is a marshal's post inbetween these two panels and a green flag was being waved here on that lap.

Under the FIA's rules for the Brazilian GP, if a green flag is displayed before a green light - as it was in Vettel's case - it is the first green that counts.

Therefore, the FIA is in no doubt that Vettel's pass was legitimate, which is why race control was not informed of any potential infringement."

Noel - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 11:18 AM

I don't understand why Nico Hulkenberg got a drive-thru penalty for taking Hamilton out of the race, in a move that I feel was just a racing incident where he was going for the lead on a damp track. Where as Sebastian Vettel moved over on Senna on the first lap and took him out of the race as well as Perez, but was given no penalty !!

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