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Ferrari fails to take F1 driver's title from Vettel on questionable pass

Posted Nov 30th 2012 3:44PM

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F1 racer Sebastian Vettel at press conference with Fernando Alonso

On November 25, Sebastian Vettel took seventh place at the Brazilian Grand 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.

Click here for images from the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Nuno Miguel Aguiar

oh booh hooo when MS passed on a yellow at the last US Grand Prix at Indy Ferrari shrugged it off and even though the FIA later said that he should have been penalized for it he got to keep his points. So Ferrari suck it up you lost to a better team.

December 01 2012 at 7:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply