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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ThemDaRulz - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 9:40 AM

To make it clear, Ferrari have not lodged a complaint and they do not need to now. FIA are now obliged to investigate now that this footage has come to light. In regards to Alonso supposedly pushing for Ferrari to lodge a complaint, then do not believe everything you read.
I'm not a Ferrari or Alonso fan, but to be fair he has been the best driver all season. If it wasn't for other drivers taking him out at the start he would be world champion now

TheTruth - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 9:47 AM

Ferrari are clutching at straws, their unethical breaking of the gearbox seal and now this, going back to the bad old days, they'll be re-writing the rules next...oh hang on, they already have.

PL - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 9:49 AM

Not really a fan of either driver but the fact that through the yellow light sectors Vettel is actually lining up and starting to make the pass which then turns into a overtake before the green says it all in my eyes. Yellow flag = Caution, accident on circuit, slow down! There's no disputing the evidence in the video I'm afraid.

Ptolomy - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 9:52 AM

If this championship is overturned, then I guess the teams need invest in and add a 50-person team who thoroughly nit-pick every millisecond of footage from every angle in super slow-mo and from every car's onboard camera and every air and ground based camera. They could try to have penalised any car that places higher in the points than theirs in order to move their own car up the grid and into more points. They could do this at every race starting next year at the season opener. It may make the difference in millions of constructors points or make them able to clench a very close driver's championship. An just think, they'll have until Nov. 30th each year to present their evidence.
RIDICULOUS ISN'T IT ?????????????

Ptolomy - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 9:56 AM

Just imagine the MILLIONS in clothing and such that will have to be thrown away that have been made up since the end of the race. All the Vettel "3 times" world champion gear will become worthless.
Amongst a myriad of other complications.

And all of this is most ridiculous because Seb didn't do anything wrong. Look at the footage.


SpydrSS - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 9:58 AM

Yellow Flag Rule: A single yellow indicates danger ahead, such as debris from a crash. Drivers must slow down as they pass, no overtaking is permitted, unless it is unavoidable such as a driver retiring in the section, or a driver is lapped.

Unfortunately Vettel forgot to read this rule in the 5 1/2 years that he has raced F1...


November 29, 2012 10:05 AM

James Allens take on it

It all happens very quickly and through a camera lens which is spotted with rain.

However, it's not quite as clear as it appears to be.

An examination of the on-board video in slow motion, shows that Vettel passes a flag marshals post-tower on the left before he passes Vergne and a marshal can be seen on the tower, waving a green flag, meaning that the danger zone is ended.

So there appears to be some confusion over signalling, the lights and the flag do not synchronise.

In this case the first signal is the important one, the green flag tells the driver that the yellow flag zone is ended, even though the yellow warning lights are still visible on the dashboard.

This flag is what Vettel would have acted on and for that reason, it is very unlikely that this will be re-opened.

What is final? the marshal holding the flag or the electronic signals?

oldie - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 10:06 AM

Fantastic news, irrespective of the outcome - I have no shares in either RB or Ferrari. F1 is usually guaranteed to come up with controversy and it's really excelled itself here. The howls of outrage would be deafening if the ruling is in Alonso's favour and ensure a terrific level of bad vibes for next season. Absolutely outstanding scriptwriting: how does Bernie manage it at such an advanced age?

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