In the round-up: Conflicting reports over whether Ferrari are trying to take action to have Sebastian Vettel stripped of his drivers’ championship title.
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As I was putting today’s round-up together reports emerged on several websites claiming Ferrari are considering a protest against Sebastian Vettel’s sixth place in the Brazilian Grand Prix. As mentioned in yesterday’s round-up, some people had queried whether Vettel had overtaken one or more rivals under yellow flags during the race.
Although the deadline for protesting the results of the race has passed the FIA may choose to look into it themselves. The latest date at which that can be done is tomorrow.
There is no indication as yet that the FIA were unaware of any of the events during the race. As explained in the thread, there is ample reason to believe Vettel’s driving was legal.
Some of the salient details of the incident, such as Vettel passing the floppy marker which denotes the beginning of the marshal zone where he made the pass, have been widely overlooked in the coverage elsewhere. This explanation from a flag marshal supports that analysis.
I made some enquiries about the incident on Tuesday and if I receive any relevant information I will of course share it, most likely in the same forum thread.
A lot of ground has been covered in that thread so I encourage anyone who’s new to this story to read it to see everything we’ve worked out, explained and hypothesised about it so far:
This Spanish newspaper claims Ferrari communications director Luca Colajanni has said they will not attempt to have the results of the Brazilian Grand Prix changed.
“With Malaysia and Singapore, they are in the same region and I think it is bad for Singapore and Malaysia. I think the impact upon audiences could be greater if Malaysia and Singapore alternate races, rather than both being in the same year.”
Max Chilton: “Another development over the weekend was the announcement that Charles [Pic] is joining Caterham next season. I had an inkling that he was going but you’re never quite sure and therefore you don’t assume until you hear it through the proper announcements. Obviously it’s a good chance for me to take his race seat but nothing’s done yet and we’re still trying to work on it.”
“I think there have been several of his opponents that have tried to [get under his skin]. It is part of sport isn’t it? Sebastian showed the true strength of his character because he has not got involved.”
“There was a meeting on Thursday in Sao Paulo during which the team decided whether or not it should take part in the race, because there were fears that some of the parts on the cars, notably the rear brakes had gone beyond their ‘lifing’. The decision, I am told, was left up to the drivers and they felt that it was the right thing to race, even if there was no future for the team.”
Jaime Alguersuari: “In Melbourne, Alonso was 1.5 seconds off pole position. That same guy lost the championship by just three points in Brazil on Sunday. Six races later, that Ferrari was upgraded by half a second, and then another couple of tenths, and then some more. That’s amazing. You hardly ever see that.”
“Maria de Villota underwent a new surgical operation aimed at cranial and ocular reconstruction. The aim was to avoid future dysfunction due to the injuries caused by her accident.”
“This season has been outstanding. It couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót have been better in terms of these ups and downs for the tyres and the cars. This has been the most entertaining season I have seen since I was racing, because when you are racing you have a completely different perspective.”
“During the afternoon, the media assembles in the Red Bull office ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ to await Vettel ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ when Webber strolls in. “Bloody hell,” he says, “I come to get a quiet bite to eat and you lot are here.” He then spots me and wanders over to ask how Mrs A’s cancer treatment is progressing. When I later relay news of his touching enquiry, it creates an instant feel-good factor back home. The Australian could be forgiven for having other things on his mind, but he’s a class act: dealing with people like him on a fortnightly basis is something I’ll miss.”
Mark Hughes: “There’s no denying that Massa was much more of an asset to Ferrari on Sunday than Webber was to Red Bull. But stepping back to look at the bigger picture, Webber has served his team brilliantly this year.”
Well done my friend #BOTTAS !
— Ant Felix da Costa (@afelixdacosta) November 28, 2012
Comment of the day
I am extremely pleased by this announcement.
A lot of people knock Maldonado but he has genuine pace evidenced by his qualifying performances this year. He is the first Williams driver that has excited me in a number of years. Added to that he gained Williams first win in eight years! That surely proves he has something.
As for Bottas I’m very excited by him as well. Senna is a nice smiley guy but wasn’t that fast in all honesty. I do however hope he gets the race seat at Caterham as has been rumoured.
Lastly, Williams were knocked from every angle last year for taking on Senna due to his money backing sponsors. Well, Bottas has been taking on talent alone as he doesn’t have huge backing at all. I hope he lives up to the hype.
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On this day in F1
One year ago today Kimi Raikkonen’s 2012 F1 comeback with Lotus was confirmed (the team was still called Renault at the time):
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