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Ferrari challenges FIA over yellow flag controversy at the 2012 Brazilian GP

by Rahul Basu Posted on November 29, 2012 20:21 IST 681 Views

Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel's recently secured third world title maybe up for grabs by his closest challenger Fernando Alonso, who was trails the German by a scanty three points at the end of the 2012 se


Sebastian Vettel wins 2012 Formula One World





Shortly after celebrations began over Sebastian Vettel being titled as the youngest even triple world champion, 2012 Formula One World Championship runners up Ferrari have now written to the FIA demanding an explanation for official race footage that suggests Vettel may have passed Torro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne in a yellow flag zone on lap four of the 71-race Brazilian GP on Sunday.


Video clips being circulated on the internet and on-board footage from Vettel’s RB8 apparently shows him passing Vergne after the green flag was waved, but incidentally before all three yellow lights had been clearly illuminated. As per FIA law, a flag takes precedence over the lights and if this is indeed true then the German world champion may just go scot-free and retain his third championship title.




Fernando Alonso at the Brazilian GP




Should the decision by the FIA be ruled against Vettel’s hurried actions he could very well be penalized with a 20-second race time penalty, which would effectively drop him from sixth to eight position costing him crucial points that would result in Alonso walking away with the 2012 World title in place of the German.


With the Spanish media going all guns blazing in support of their national hero Alonso, who now stands a chance of earning his third world title in Formula, it is now up to Ferrari and the FIA to prove that the flag was not being shown immediately before Vettle’s move on Vergne.




Alonso finishes Brazilian GP in second place




If you thought that a three point gap was a trifle for Fernando Alonso to lose his title to Sebastian Vettel over, then take a deep breath; Should the decision by the FIA over the yellow flag controversy be ruled in Alonso’s favour he would beat Vettel by one, that’s right just one ludicrous point to take the championship crown all for himself, not to mention turn into a triple world champion in doing so.



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