F1 » Ecclestone: Ferrari reaction ‘a shame’ for F1 2012

Bernie Ecclestone has slammed Ferrari's decision to prolong the debate over whether Sebastian Vettel passed Jean-Eric Vergne under yellows in Brazil.

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Ricardo - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 7:35 PM

I have never met Fernando Alonso (as most here haven't I imagine) and whatever you read on the 'net in papers etc is tripe anyway so don't even consider it. The simple truth is there is a rule book. If Vettel broke the rules then he should get whatever penalty the rules say - if he loses the championship because of it so be it. If he didin't break the rules then cool. It's a shame that given the footage being public that the FIA didn't investigate it themselves rather than Ferrari having to raise the question. After all its the FIA's job to police motor racing. If Vettel is guilty then maybe if he had waited until the next straight there might have been another shunt which took him out, thus he may have benefited from breaking the rules (if he broke them). Either way it needs to be looked at, a 20 second penalty isn't much of a punishment except in these particular circumstances.

Ptolomy - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 7:40 PM

Ferrari make me sick in the belly. They are becoming the new "McLaren" of F1. McLaren and Ferrari have been constantly whining to Charlie and the FIA for the last few years (Since Vettel has been knocking their socks off.) Every time you turn around they want a clarification about a flexible wing or an automatically adjustable ride height or a blown diffuser or the throttle % while blowing or a hand adjustable ride height or WHATEVER! Red Bull basically never complain. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
The Red Bull team is Nobel and Chivalrous just like Sebastian is Nobel and Chivalrous!
Alonso has brough his own special brand of nastiness to Ferrari. I would bet that it was HE who proposed to Flavio that Piquet should turn into the wall !
-signed, A FORMER Ferrari fan.

Grandissimus - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 7:43 PM

Ferrari has gone and pooped in the punch bowl again. Sportsmanship is not a virtue prevalent in Maranello these days. And mark my words Luca was the one who started all the Vettel to Ferrari rumors early on to try and distract the red bull team from the title fight. Man up and congratulate the kid for handing it to you once more time! Ferrari should be fined for bringing F1 into disrepute.

JohnO - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 7:55 PM

"The simple truth is there is a rule book."

And the simple truth is that neither Alonso nor Ferrari are renowned for their scrupulous adherence to the rule book.

If the name "Fernando Alonso" was synonymous with good sportsmanship he might get a pass here. But the simple truth is that we're talking about the man who had his teammate deliberately crash to help him win a race. Every time I think he's turned over a new leaf he goes and proves me wrong.

Mark _

November 29, 2012 8:14 PM

@JohnO - you sure are making a lot of assumptions with no facts to back them up. Even Piquet Jr. said in a recent interview that he does not believe that Alonso knew about the Crashgate plan. Also where is the proof that Alonso asked for Ferrari to raise this issue? There is none. Alonso was very gracious on the podium. I doubt that Vettel would have been as gracious had he just lost.

Having said that I do find the statements by Ferrari rather unsporting but I think it probably goes back to Red Bull not being penalized for running the exhaust blown diffuser in the first part of the season.


November 29, 2012 8:21 PM

mark. even though i am not a fan of ferdi, i have defended him against the comments about him whining to the fia etc. that has not been the case, he has kept quiet. and as for blaming him for asking piquet to crash. that is just rowlocks!

JohnO - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 8:23 PM

"where is the proof that Alonso asked for Ferrari to raise this issue? "

It's been widely reported in the media that Alonso is the one pushing this in Ferrari.

"Red Bull not being penalized for running the exhaust blown diffuser in the first part of the season."

You simply do not know what you're talking about. Red Bull was not running an exhaust blown diffuser in the first part of the season.

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