Sebastion Vettel recently celebrated his third Formula One title by driving his Red Bull Racing car through the streets of Graz, Austria, but Ferrari is still caught up in the controversy it stirred up by asserting that Vettel made an illegal pass under yellow at the Brazilian Grand Prix. After Ferrari asked for clarification on the pass, Bernie Ecclestone called the whole issue a "complete joke," and now Luca di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari (shown above), has responded to Ecclestone's comments with some scathing words of his own.

According to ESPN F1, Montezemolo sarcastically said "you have to show respect for your elders, especially when they get to that stage in which they are no longer in control of what they say" in regards to Ecclestone. Seemingly putting the whole controversy to rest, though, Montezemolo went on to congratulate Vettel and Red Bull for the win in what he refers to as a difficult season.

The pass in question came on the fourth lap of the rainy race when Vettel seemed to have passed Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne under a local yellow. In the final standings, the resulting 20-second penalty would have knocked Vettel from sixth to eighth position, which would have been enough for Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso to win the Driver's Championship by a single point. Despite flashing yellow lights, the FIA said that a green flag was waving making the pass legal.


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      Agilis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ferrari asserted that the pass was illegal during the actual race. Afterwards, well, days afterwards, Ferrari asked for clarification by the FIA. I may be naive, but in my opinion, I do not think asking for clarification implies that Ferrari is whining or complaining about the pass. That being said, I do not think Ferrari is whining in this report. I think Ferrari commenting on Ecclestone the way they did was justified. You cannot call a clarification request by a corporation, especially Ferrari, a complete joke.
        Kip
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        "That being said, I do not think Ferrari is whining in this report. I think Ferrari commenting on Ecclestone the way they did was justified. " Agreed. Montezemolo seems to be responding the Bernie's diva-like response. Bernie seems to think he's beyond reproach. Bull$#it. Ferrari asked for a clarification, got one, and accepted it. They were within their rights to do so without catching flack. ...and I'm not even a Ferrari fan.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kip
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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't have any fancy video editing software, I have only watched it on Youtube. They way I saw it, the light was flashing yellow-black-yellow-black-yellow-black-green. On the last yellow, Vettel to ME was behind Vergne. During the black, he started to move and by the green, his front wing was along side the other car. If Ferrari thinks the only valid green is that light, then Vettel was wrong. FIA says a flag was waving. You know what, FIA says a flag was waving. Ferrari just looks like whiners.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to say, Montezemolo has quite fantastic hair for his age.
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      This was settled by the marshals DURING the race...so it was abundantly clear to them there was not a violation and no penalty.
      Mason
      • 2 Years Ago
      How can he drag Ecclestone for his age when he's not exactly too young looking himself?
        Agilis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mason
        Exactly what I was thinking when I read the comment.
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      Straight crypt keeper photo
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      Once the race was over, there was zero chance the pass was going to be ruled illegal, not if it changed the outcome of the Drivers' Championship after the end of the season. It would be like calling pass interference on a Hail Mary during the last play of the Super Bowl. Right or wrong, it's just not going to get called.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Though this would never happen, but what if Ferrari pulled the plug on F1?
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        You'd have a faster version of IndyCar or Champ Car or IRL or whatever it's calling itself now. On the plus side, tickets would be 75% cheaper. And this is coming from a McLaren fan.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Woah, di Montezemolo has really aged since I last saw him.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        They are Italians, when they cheat, it's called "passion" , when they lose, it's because of the referee.
      basiq
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a sore loser. He's not doing his brand a favor.
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @basiq
        Is passing under a yellow legal in other race series?
          Nathan Loiselle
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Passing under a yellow isn't legal in F1. However local flags override local lights. If the flag was green then the section wasn't under a yellow.
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