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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Firestorm - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 7:58 PM

Despite being a fan of Alonso, I don't want him to win a championship like that. Instead Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren(including all the other teams) should keeping an eye to each other and if one team races their cars with controversial pieces on it which the FIA than declares them illegal, than they should be disqualifyed in this race. I suggest that every team which finds a loophole in the rules should ask to the FIA for clarifications before trying to use it for every benefit.

WKD - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 8:05 PM

I still want to know why Seb had no case to answer for when he turned in on, and took out, Senna at turn four in the very first lap??
Hulkenburg got penalised later in the race for taking out Hamilton.

Rules for some, but not for others?

JohnO - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 8:06 PM

The rules surrounding caution situations do sound insanely complicated. You've got lights in the cockpit, lights by the track, and marshals waving flags - and sometimes these three things are giving contradictory information. The driver has to sort all this out and make the correct decision in a split second, all while racing other cars at high speeds and in poor visibility. Perhaps something could be done to make all this easier for everyone, drivers and fans alike, to understand.

FreeJack - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 8:07 PM

Would have been the worst way a WDC was decided, in history...and forever tarnished Ferrari's reputation in Formula 1, at least for me. Win on the tarmac.

JohnO - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 8:11 PM

I believe that Hulk was wrongly penalized for his incident with Hamilton. That aside, is there any video footage showing Vettel "turning into" Senna and "taking him out"? I think you're just making that up.


November 29, 2012 8:17 PM

johno. if you have sky, you will be able to watch the incident from overhead. seb was well ahead of senna, and was running on the racing line, seen by the dry lines. he was aiming for close to the apex, and senna came down at speed on his inside. seb was at about a 20 degree angle to senna, and senna did nothing to stop running into seb who was clearly ahead. as for vettel turning into senna? that is a figment of imagination

Mark _

November 29, 2012 8:24 PM

@WKD - The main difference is Hulk was trying to overtake Hamilton and Vettel was not overtaking anyone. The first lap with cars three wide is not the time to start handing out penalties. Hulkenburg made an error and took out another driver so he was correctly punished. To me that was the same as Schumacher locking his brakes up in Singapore and getting punished for taking out the STR.


November 29, 2012 8:33 PM

I know weve had a few disagrements on here but I must say that I support you totally on this, I would also comend you on the way you are keeping your cool with some of these numpties.

Some on here will not and dont want to see things for what they are.

The FIA have come out and said that Vettel has no case to answer.
The video footage clearly shows that Vettel was clear to pass after the green flag.
Ferrari have not protested it nor has any other team.
Give it up people, and accept it that Vettel did nothingwrong.

Oh and by the way I am not one of his biggest fans, but he deserved and won his third championship on Sunday.

JohnO - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 8:38 PM

richard - I've seen the video, but as I say it does not show Vettel "turning into" anybody.

If people like WKD feel compelled to draw an analogy between Hulk/Hami and Vettel/Senna, then Vettel is in the position of Hamilton - the driver in front going about his business when hit from behind. I think both cases were racing incidents. But the argument "if Hulk was penalized then Vettel should be too" is screwy. On the contrary, if Hulk was penalized then Senna should be.

iain - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 10:20 PM

So what is the point of the yellow light system then if drivers can ignore it? Seams the whole thing is being excused just to keep vettel as the champ.

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