On November 25, Sebastian Vettel took sixth place at the Brazilian Gran Prix, earning him enough points to take the 2012 Formula One Driver's Championship. It wouldn't be an F1 season finale without some drama, though, and this season, it came in the form of allegations by Ferrari that the Red Bull driver made an illegal pass under a yellow light.

Ferrari is looking into on-board footage that may show Vettel passing Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne, which would have resulted in a 20-second penalty if discovered during the race. If that had happened, it would have resulted in Vettel falling to eighth place, which would have caused him to lose the Driver's Championship by a single point to Fernando Alonso and the Ferrari team.

Ferrari has asked the FIA to review the footage, but it is reportedly unlikely that the Formula One governing body will penalize Vettel. According to the UK's Telegraph, the FIA has taken the position that it will not apply penalties retroactively, and to do so would reverse that stance.


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      TrippulG3
      • 2 Years Ago
      First of all, Vettel took 6th place in Brazil, not 7th. Secondly, this whole thing has been completely blown out of proportion. There were no "allegations", Ferrari never filed an official complaint...they merely contacted the FIA for clarification, which they received, stating that "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." End of story. Great season, lots of great racing, let's move on to 2013.
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      There was never a question about the pass being legal - Vettel passed the Torro Rosso after the post with the marshall waving the green flag - in F1, flags have precedence over electronics.
      George Lupică
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think it would have made any difference. I consider it a bit of a lucky opportunity for Vettel, just as he had when Schumacher pretty much waved him past. Alonso on the other hand struggled with a poor car, had loads and loads of luck throughout the season alongside his hard work and somehow they expected it to be his championship. I thought they weren't going to protest this pass, what changed?
      dinobot666
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ferrari and Alonso are the biggest bunch of crybabies in the known universe. Just accept your defeat and get ready for next year.
        mx5hong
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dinobot666
        And I thought Mitt Romney was a sore loser :)
      samagon0
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh, just the drivers championship, wouldn't have had an effect on the constructors championship. IMO, points aside, Alonso was the best driver out there this year. Vettel had the benefit of a much better car. Not taking anything away from Vettel, he is a great driver, or he wouldn't be in the position he's in. Alonso showed that he could push beyond the limits of a clearly inferior car.
        Hatzenbach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @samagon0
        pushing beyond the limits is like saying: he makes water turning into ice at -20 degree instead of 0 degree. such statements are absulteley retareded. Take a look at the RB laptimes and their dfifferences between the qualifying and race and you'll figure out pretty quick that the RB isn't the much better car
      Miami996
      • 2 Years Ago
      F*ck Ferrari
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fernando Alonso does not deserve to be in a ferrari. He is not that great of a driver. Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa are way better drivers than him. Rubens and Felipe would have had a couple of championships if Ferrrari wouldn't have played the "Team Orders" card when they were leading. Ferrari needs to stop with the orders and just let their drivers drive. To me a as long as the team is winning who cares which driver it is.
        Masschine
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Keep drinking them Buds bud. Alonso out drove Vettel for the bulk of the season in a slower car. I think FIA screwed up by not calling it during the race but to call it after is closing the barn door after the horses have escaped.
      Georg
      • 2 Years Ago
      **** Ferrari looser team... the complete video footage clearly showed that Vettel passed after a green flag waved by a track marshal... Ferrari tryed to cheat by sending Fia incompletel video footage... If you cant win on track they try to win on green table with lies... The situation was so clear that Vettel passed after green flag that Red Bull ignored Ferrari blaming.. FIA themself claim that the green flag ... and track marshal signals are according to FIA rule book ahead electronic signals... Vettle did everything perfectly legal
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Georg
        To all the losers who love to bash Ferrari, here's the statement from the FIA ... “The FIA received a letter from Scuderia Ferrari, seeking clarification on Sebastian Vettel’s overtaking manoeuvre in Sao Paulo on Sunday,” the FIA said in a statement.
      mclanem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ferrari are a bunch of sore losers.
        Frank
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mclanem
        in a few years i don't know if you remember the name Red Bull or Ferrari
      MKIV
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't agree with what FIA is doing. If the pass was illegal then the proper penalty needs to be given to the offending team. "FIA has taken the position that it will not apply penalties retroactively," This is bunch of horse crap. They have penalized many drivers after the fact. When there is a world championship at stake, FIA must investigate any issues with the race, especially in this case. IMO. BTW. I'm a Vettel fan but that is besides the point.
        Hatzenbach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MKIV
        the thing is: the pass wasn't illegal. This entire issues is about a desperated bunch of italians who don't know how to buidl a competitve car. end of story
          gtv4rudy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hatzenbach
          You're comment sounds more about disliking Italians for some reason than F1.
      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Obviously there are some Ferrari lovers here down ranking everyone. Grow up.
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously this guy looks like this: http://newspaper.li/static/e118acceaafc2aaccff951a9d0fe85bd.jpg
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