FIA: Vettel has no case to answer

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel is still number one, according to the FIA, who say the newly crowned world champion has no case to answer in the did he, or did he not, overtake under yellow flag conditions controversy.

The news is being reported by Autosport, which states: “[the FIA] was in no doubt that Vettel’s pass [on Jean-Eric Vergne] was legitimate.”

Over the last 24 hours or so the F1 world has been gripped by this saga; media attention heightened by reports saying Ferrari was investigating the possibility of lodging a formal protest.

According to Autosport the FIA has confirmed the following: “the yellow-flag sector at Interlagos started at the light panel just before Turn 3, at marshal sector 3, and ends about 150m before Turn 4, where a green light panel is displayed.

“However, there is a marshal’s post in between these two panels and a green flag was being waved there on that lap.”

The green flag takes precedence over the light panels, so by that interpretation Vettel’s overtake on Vergne is perfectly legal. Nothing to see here.

Well done Sebastian. Again.

Oh, there’s just one more thing. Despite this apparently clear and concise ruling, Ferrari is said to have written to the FIA seeking a formal clarification. You know, just for future reference and the like.

[Source: Autosport | Pic: Red Bull/Getty Images]