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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Independent - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 10:42 AM

Just to add some food for thought.... On studying the available video out there it does appear that at the start of the straight (before pit exit) with yellow warning lights on steering wheel...Vettel does use a small amount of Kers under yellow conditions. This hasn't been mentioned beforehand.
Vettel couldn't know what he was facing ahead - hence the warning lights - therefore irrespective of the WDC, in which I think both Vettel and Alonso deserve, he was incorrect in using Kers to speed up.
Marshalls' lives are more important than any race win.
Whatever the outcome it leaves a bitter taste that after a great season the Stewards didn't pick this up an make a ruling during the race, leaving all us race fans with an exciting season end with no controversy.

Rules are Rules - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 10:48 AM

"This puts Ferrari in such a bad light and kicks dirt onto a great season Alonso had ... "

Dont you worry about ferrari as they have done nothing wrong whatsoever. Just worry about your mate vettel and his few fans willing to cheat their way into a title. What you also need to worry about is the FIA if they decide to let this obvious misdeed slide.

Ballsy - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 10:50 AM

The yellow lights are on his steering wheel the whole way through the clip and he clearly is pushing hard. Unless they can show Vergne backed off, he should be penalised. Should have been penalised for the Senna move anyway.

Fortune - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 10:50 AM

FIA, you need to do something about this. If rules have been broken, then you need to hand out the appropriate action. Do not let this one go or you will be putting the sport into disrepute.


November 29, 2012 10:51 AM


I think bringing Dan's tragic accident into this discussion is plain wrong and in bad taste.

No one's life was remotely under threat here.

I don't disagree that Vettel pushes the rules a bit but that's not the discussion here.

He either broke the rules or didn't, as far as I can see he didn't but lets see what happens.


November 29, 2012 10:52 AM

a lot of this is media hype. a call to fia has found that there is currently neither an investigation or a protest. it should also be pointed out that the LIGHTS are not the criteria, it is the FLAGS that matter, and seb had passed waved green flags BEFORE the actual pass. there are also reports that seb himself was confused and allowed vergne to repass him at the next corner to redress a possible situation. judgment should not be passed on suspicions. if fia decide to entertain a protest, so be it, but until them, there is no issue other than in the minds of some.

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