Vettel overtake under ‘yellows’ at Interlagos in the spotlight
26 November, 2012
Nov.26 (GMM) Ferrari’s fans were clinging to hope even after Sebastian Vettel sealed his third consecutive Formula One World Championship at the Brazilian GP, as replay footage from the race appeared to show Red Bull’s Vettel passing Kamui Kobayashi under yellow flags during the Interlagos race.
However, the apparent infraction was not investigated by the stewards during the race, raising suspicions that the officials had not noticed.
So it became a post-race point of intrigue, given that if Vettel had subsequently been demoted from sixth to eighth place, Alonso would have won the championship by a point.
“The yellow flag, [there's] not any news,” the Spaniard told reporters after the podium ceremony.
Alonso said race winner Jenson Button had told him about the possibility that Vettel had passed illegally.
“There was some kind of hope when he told me there is some yellow flag problem but then I think it was not true,” he admitted.
Indeed, it was Ferrari’s technical boss Pat Fry who clarified that the waving flag was actually coloured yellow and red, which is a warning to drivers about treacherous track conditions.
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