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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chris - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 8:47 AM

We only saw the onboard footage from Vettel's car, for all we know, he could have just been alongside Vergne on the approach to the green light or Vergne could have lifted altogether.
For Ferrari to resort to this though will taint the championship after a brilliant season no matter who is comes out on top.
It does remind me of the cool fuel issue in 07 that could have saw Lewis champion but nothing was done so I doubt anything will be done about it this time.

Oldmosis

November 29, 2012 8:52 AM

Ferrari haven't resorted to anything! This is an FIA investigation to ensure the rules are followed. Why use yellow flags/lights if they can be ignored??? Doesn't matter who the driver/team is, you should ALWAYS adhere to the yellow flags.

Wine an - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 8:52 AM

To all the hater's. F1 is a business and there are millions of dollars on the table for next years budget. In motor racing yellow flags exist for a reason and if someone makes the decision to pass when the flags are displayed a penalty should be incurred. ANY team would be foolish not to press for remedy, it has nothing to do with Alonso.

Noitall - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 8:53 AM

Might as well investigate all the cars in front of Vettel inch by inch just to make sure they are not in breach of the regulations.
Why declare a race won immediately after the race when there can always be doubt. I know the small print says the result are provisional pending etc....but with all the technology available they need to make a binding decision immediately after the technical inspection of the car latest.

golden oldie - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 8:58 AM

And yet another very unwelcome story for F1!
I used to be a Ferrari fan, but the once prancing horse has become a limping horse that can only win by foul play!
Alonso and your team are unworthy challengers in F1!

MT Motorsport - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 9:00 AM

If this was the first race of the season it would be a no brainer, penalty for Vettel. The unfortunate thing is that no one would look good if a penalty was issued. I do not believe for one minute that Alonso is pushing for this as it would taint the title and he has been exceptional this season. Red Bull commented on this straight after the race and said that the waved greens were out before the light anyway so the stewards dismissed it. After the best season in years I hope it doesn't decend into farce.

Dave - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 9:10 AM

Having watched the footage a few times, I spy a green flag thrown by a marshal before the green light and the lights on Sebs wheel go off- making the move legal.

SpydrSS - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 9:10 AM

The rules clearly state that the cutoff date is 30 November for any violations. The fact remains that Vettel broke the rules, and should be penalized accordingly. His dash indicates that the yellow flag was out, and he did overtake under yellow flag conditions. Simple answer... if he needs to cheat to get ahead, then he should pay the price when caught!

jonnyg225 - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 9:11 AM

You don't get the Wimbledon men's singles result challenged a week later because a ball was seen on a replay to be wrongly called in, or the FA Cup result because the replay showed someone was offside. Likewise if it was a simple racing incident that was not picked up by the stewards at the time then leave it be.

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