Ferrari accepts FIA decision on Vettel overtake and considers matter closed

Nov.30 (GP247) Ferrari has accepted the FIA decision regarding the controversial overtake move by Sebastian Vettel during the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, which has hogged headlines around the globe for the past few days.

Fernando AlonsoThey posted on their media site: “The request for a clarification from the FIA, regarding Vettel’s passing move on Vergne, came about through the need to shed light on the circumstances of the move, which came out on the Internet only a few days after the race. The letter to the FIA was in no way intended to undermine the legality of the race result.”

“We received tens of thousands of queries relating to this matter from all over the world and it was incumbent on us to take the matter further, asking the Federation to look into an incident that could have cast a shadow over the championship in the eyes of all Formula One enthusiasts, not just Ferrari fans,” explained the Maranello team.

“Ferrari duly takes note of the reply sent by the FIA this morning and therefore considers the matter now closed,” concluded the communique.

Red Bull stated on their website: “We are pleased, but not surprised, that the FIA has confirmed there is no case to answer regarding the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix. We are extremely proud of Sebastian’s incredible achievement and his third historic title, which makes him the youngest ever triple world champion.”

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  • John

    Isn’t it funny how Ferrari have phrased this so that it sounds that they were asking out of the goodness of their heart? That they weren’t seeking to overturn the results? Strange that.

    However, “controversial” overtaking move it was not! It was fair. Mearly it was the result of some very bad journalism that this became a story. And perhaps some unsportsman like sportsmen.

  • Butterfly


    There was a lot of confusion regarding the move, so Ferrari were well within their rights to ask for clarification.

    I still don’t understand why the marshall with the green flag was staying 350m before the green LEDs. Why do you even have the LEDs if they’re not aligned with the marshalls’ posts.

    That makes no sense whatsoever and I hope the FIA will do something about that starting from next year.

  • suhas


    I was a pit and grid marshal for the indian grand prix
    the same question put by you was put by course marshals
    they said they are looking at the matter

  • Alonso_is_slow

    Alonso bad loser. The whole world can now see.

    He was the same bad as winner, then hi accidentaly won the 2006 title due to Schumacher’s enginge car failure at Japan and Interlagos, and he said ‘Schumacher will not be missed from F1′.

    Bad in everything.

  • John

    Apparently there isn’t the same number of LED displays as there are marshal points. So there’s always going to be a discontinuity between them. It may be that in this case there was a marshal post further down the track which was aligned with that LED display.

    Hence why marshals waving flags have priority over LED and in-car displays. You must respect the marshals.

    And thank you to Suhas for being a marshal at the Indian GP.

  • Butterfly


    It’s still a mess.

    Surely they can gather enough marshals to put one at every LED panel, can’t they? It doesn’t sound that hard to do.

    Not to mention the fact that I would get rid of the flags completely and move to an all-LED system.

    This is nonsense!

  • Anthony

    In Brazil they had more marshal stations than LED lights. I would support getting rid of the flags and just have them as a backup system. I am willing to bet the FIA will do something about this. This looks pretty bad to the outside observer.

  • GS

    before and after Schumacher era the team never built fast reliable cars. for last couple of seasons in terms of speed red cars seem just an ordinary. the italianization process of the team have failed. even we the team doesn’t have 2 good drivers hence massa still on board. and also management issues have not taken well in the team. the hole world knows abput red bull cars diffusior, etc. issues, haven’t you listen those stefano? and finally in this case Ferrari could not appeal in a proper way and save its rights. the Ferrari management chamber just watch the theatre powered by energy drink brand. dear board of directory if you think that you are tifosi please consider that resignation is also a kind of service.

  • suhas

    Ferrari is the most amazing team ever…

    If redbull has to be even better than ferrari, they will take around 13 more years to go ahead in constructors and 20 more for driver titles.. because vettel is not going to be there…:D

    And the people who are saying alonso is slow they simply are saying to annoy people. he had 13 podiums this season and they are saying he is slow..
    what a retard…

  • Alex

    The appeal was a pathetic move from a team with such history.

  • Butterfly


    That was no appeal, they marely requested a clarification.