F1 » FIA believes Vettel not guilty in passing row

The FIA has intimated that Sebastian Vettel did not make an illegal move on Jean-Eric Vergne in the early stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Crash test dummies - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 4:42 PM

Frankly, I think Vettel is very lucky.
Having looked at the video several times, it is extremely difficult to see the marshal waving the green flag.
I doubt very much whether Vettel could have actually seen it going at speed.
Bit of a 'get out of jail free card' really.

James Martin - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 5:44 PM

What ever has been said and i have read and listened to alot of this news,it would seem that Vettel did pass under yellows as i watched it and shouted at the telly on the sky sports coverage.

I also think that there should be very simple rules,if you pass under yellow,someone should take action...

Alonso has been robbed and even tho im not a fan,i think he should be world champion as to me vettel was flat out alot of the time trying to catch up and with all that happened at the weekend it would appear that the FIA favour him.

JohnO - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 6:08 PM

"if you pass under yellow,someone should take action..."

I don't think there's any evidence that Vettel did pass under the yellow. But let's assume for the sake of argument that he did.

In that case the appropriate punishment was to be given a drive-through penalty at the time. NOT days after the race ended. A drive through at the time would have had zero impact on the outcome of the race. Vettel would still have finished exactly where he did.

But let's make another assumption for the sake of argument - that Vettel would actually have been in eighth place with a penalty.

Then RB simply calls Webber in, Vettel moves up to seventh and still takes the title.


November 29, 2012 6:09 PM

james. do you not get it yet? vettel did NOT pass under yellow flags. but you seem to know far more than all the experts, the fia, the teams etc

dummy. these are highly paid and proffessional drivers. they see everything that they need to see, and do not have to rely on some armchair critic watching a tv

duh - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 6:18 PM

Hey Richard, he hauled a$$ under yellow and was flying by the time the green came out. Hardly adhering to the safety warning that are yellow flags. A racer has no regards for anybodys safety when they gas it under yellow. It is written clear as day in the rule book to slow down. The arguement is not if he passed under yellow, it is if he slowed down after being warned of dangerous track conditions. Nope, he gassed it.


November 29, 2012 6:43 PM
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duh. i never cease to be amazed at the posters who continue trying to make an issue of a non-issue. fia have stated categorically that there was a green flag 350 m before the yellow light. you are taking the yellow light as the definitive signal.ITS NOT!
the green flag was the signal to recommence racing, and he did this AFTER the flag.

you are doing the sport a disservice by continuing to prolong a fa a false impression that you and others have apparently ruled on from your armchairs.

Gweed - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 6:50 PM


No need to waste your energy on these guys. They are knuckleheads who fail to understand certain things in life. Let alone a green flag versus yellow light issue, lol.



November 29, 2012 7:31 PM

The poster who stated any protest must be made before the end of the race is absolutley spot on.

The incident Ferarri are banging on about, happened in the early laps, if they were so unhappy they should have reported it at the time.

Like all F1 teams they are looking all the time for any advantage. What did they do, trawl through two hours of video at low speed to try and find fault?

For a World Champion to risk the lose of his World Championship in the week after the race is absolutley unacceptable.

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