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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golden oldie - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 9:17 AM

Well boys and girls, didn't we have a great time on this topic, judging by all the comments!

However with all the pro's and con's on the subject, there is ONE POINT THAT ALL OF YOU WILL AGREE!
How is it possible that the flag marshalls are instructed to wave the green flag, whereas the on board warning lights and the track signaling lights still show yellow! This difference is not acceptable in this high tech sport!

Finally 1 point:
If it is really true that the whole Ferrari team, LdM include, did not congratulate SV and RBR on winning the WDC and WCC, then they are not very sporty competitors!

Maddog210 - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 9:52 AM

No surprise really

Regardless of who you might support, the video is clear evidence and I bet Bernie & the FIA are kicking themselves that that You tube exists.

Whilst we all watch this event every other weekend through the summer, use this to remind yourself it is a Show not a Competition decisions are made off track and the transparency with which this subject will be dealt with should be a reminder of this and the FIAs credibility .

Its like black and white, If the F1 Management say it is grey then its grey and come March 2013 we will all have forgotten about it!

Greg - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 10:33 AM

I was under the impression that you are under yellow UNTIL you are alongside the next green NOT when you see the green!!! If that is the case Vettel did pass under yellow ?

Bob Smith - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 10:48 AM

Perhaps the bending of rules in the past I.e. letting ones no 1 driver past unhindered to win races is thought by Ferrari to be their domain only, morally promoting their driver up the grid by tampering with their gear box on two consecutive races to me is a case in question.
How do they square that with the FIA the rules are there for proper actions not as a method for moral cheats.

Adrian Whitehurst - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 11:17 AM

I don't mind who wins in the end, I do however think rules are rules. If he passed under yellow (which is what it looked like from the footage I saw) then you MUST enforce the rules. Otherwise what's the point? It's no different to having an oversize engine.

If he is innocent show the footage then nobody can be accused of gaining favor from FIA, FOM or Bernie


November 30, 2012 11:32 AM

i cannot believe that there are still some deluded people on this thread! The simple fact is that vettel went totally by the rulebook, so get over it.
adrian, there is video footage of the so called incident. it shows the greens being waved. what do you not understand?


November 30, 2012 11:38 AM

@ Bob
Ferrari may have got the idea of letting the No1 driver through from McLaren in the Hakkinen/Coulthard era. And 'tampering with the gearbox' was penalised in both cases, quite correctly.

In Austin, Alonso had already been 'morally promoted' by Grosjean's penalty, so it must be all his fault as he started it by getting Alonso moved to the dirty side.

Discussing morals in relation to F1 is being on very shaky ground. I mean, its never been a paragon of virtue since day 1.

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