FIA: Vettel responded to the flag and did everything right
29 November, 2012
Nov.29 (Apex) Formula One’s governing body has ruled in favour of Red Bull, after Ferrari on Thursday wrote the FIA a letter that might have changed the outcome of the 2012 world championship.
Ferrari’s letter of “clarification” followed the emergence this week of video footage that apparently showed Sebastian Vettel illegally passing a Toro Rosso during the title-deciding Brazilian Grand Prix. Media outlets including the Telegraph said that the FIA had already responded on Thursday by declaring that “there is no case to answer”.
Earlier, in a brief notification on their media website, Ferrari had announced: “Ferrari has asked, by means of a letter, for a clarification from the FIA regarding Sebastian Vettel’s overtaking move on Jean-Eric Vergne, during lap 4 of the Brazilian Grand Prix.”Race director Charlie Whiting was on Thursday quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport: “Between the last yellow light and the green light, there was a green flag being waved. “Vettel responded to the flag and did everything right.”
On Thursday we reported on British and Italian media reports saying that Ferrari was “evaluating footage” to see if it shows Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel making an illegal overtaking move in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, where he finished sixth to clinch the title.
The German beat Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by three points to rack up his third straight drivers’ title. Vettel could be dropped to eighth were any protest to be upheld, and Alonso would be world champion by one point.
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