Ferrari accepts FIA view on Vettel dispute

2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2012Ferrari say they consider the dispute over Sebastian Vettel’s driving in the Brazilian Grand Prix “closed”.

“Ferrari duly takes note of the reply sent by the FIA this morning and therefore considers the matter now closed,” the team said in a statement on Friday.

“The request for a clarification from the FIA, regarding Vettel?s passing move on Vergne, came about through the need to shed light on the circumstances of the move, which came out on the Internet only a few days after the race,” said the team.

“The letter to the FIA was in no way intended to undermine the legality of the race result. We received tens of thousands of queries relating to this matter from all over the world and it was incumbent on us to take the matter further, asking the Federation to look into an incident that could have cast a shadow over the championship in the eyes of all Formula One enthusiasts, not just Ferrari fans.”

The FIA issued the following statement:

“The FIA received a letter from Scuderia Ferrari, seeking clarification on Sebastien Vettel’s overtaking manoeuvre in Sao Paulo on Sunday.

“In the spirit of transparency and goodwill, the FIA wishes to make public the receipt of this letter.

“The Federation also informs it has replied to Scuderia Ferrari, in the same constructive spirit, stating that as the overtaking manoeuvre was not in breach of the regulations, and therefore there was no infringement to investigate, it was not reported to the stewards by race control.”

Had the FIA concluded Vettel’s pass on Vergne was illegal, a penalty would likely have dropped him down the classification far enough to make Fernando Alonso the drivers’ champion.

The FIA stated yesterday Vettel’s pass on Vergne began after a green flag and was therefore legal.

Red Bull said they are “pleased, but not surprised, that the FIA has confirmed there is no case to answer regarding the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.”

“We are extremely proud of Sebastian?s incredible achievement and his third historic title, which makes him the youngest ever triple world champion,” the team added in a statement.

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91 comments on Ferrari accepts FIA view on Vettel dispute

  1. andae23 (@andae23) said on 30th November 2012, 10:40

    I hope this will be the end of the yellow flag-story. This nonsense has been going on for too long and I regret that the season had to end like this.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th November 2012, 10:41

      @andae23 Hear, hear.

    • V. Chris (@vasschu) said on 30th November 2012, 12:01

      Sadly, this will not end in the next 10-15 years – as long as Nando and Seb are both on the grid and even after that. The obsessed will always remember this as the day the title was sold/gifted to that cheating *** Vettel. Maybe not in f1f community but in the web in general.

      • Andy2286 (@andy2286) said on 30th November 2012, 18:28

        How did you work that out? In what way did Vettel cheat?
        The FIA have clearly informed Ferrari as to why the move was legal, in fact, I didn’t even need to hear it from them as anyone with even a basic understanding of the rules knows that the green flag means to resume racing.

        It was just a case of sour grapes by ferrari.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 30th November 2012, 18:54

          I don’t think it had much to do with sour grapes at Ferrari @andy2286. But after getting gazillions of fans asking, it was a nice opportunity to take at least a bit of the shine off of Red Bulls victory, eh. So Ferrari was happy to let this smoulder for a couple of days, although they know the FIA does not like it much, thats why there’s such a formulation in the statement saying it was all to avoid controversy in the future.

          O!h, and I think you misunderstood @vasschu there. He did not mean to say Vettel did anything wrong, just that there are those on the internet who will never shy away from bringing back old controversies and conspiration theories.

  2. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th November 2012, 10:47

    It’s disingenuous of Ferrari to claim they did not “intend to undermine the legality of the race result”.

    As the deadline for them to protest had passed their only available means of recourse was to suggest the FIA look into the matter. And I don’t believe anyone is naive enough to claim this was not done with an eye on what a post-race penalty for Vettel would have done to the championship outcome.

    If Ferrari genuinely wanted to shed light on “an incident that could have cast a shadow over the championship in the eyes of all Formula 1 enthusiasts”, then they would have explained why the pass was legal. Which they haven’t done – in fact, their statement is clearly written to avoid acknowledging that fact.

    In related news, the rumoured ‘deleted Alonso Tweet’ some people have been asking questions about is fake.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 30th November 2012, 11:00

      I sense the hand of Luca di Montezemolo in all of this. When Ferrari first signed Fernando Alonso on, it was hailed as an inevitability finally coming due, with the expectation that Alonso would win titles for the team straight away. He came very close in 2010, only for his team to have him cover off the wrong Red Bull in Abu Dhabi (but with Vettel being an outside chance going into the race, covering off Webber made sense at the time). They stood next to no chance in 2011, with Red Bull and Vettel dominating. But this year, they had a car that looked like an absolute handful to drive, and Alonso still managed to hold onto the championship lead for most of the season. If it weren’t for an over-enthusiastic Lotus or two, he probably would be champion. Even going into final race in Brazil, a Ferrari title was a realistic proposition, and Alonso had done enough to secure the title at more than one point during the race. A few results going one way or the other could have drastically changed the outcome.

      After three years, no titles and a very public endorsement of Alonso as champion ever since he joined the team in 2010, I can see Luca usurping the rest of the team and lobbying the FIA, trying to get the race result changed.

    • celeste (@celeste) said on 30th November 2012, 11:04

      I think the hold think is sad, after a terrific season that they though this kind of antics will give them a tittle or take merits away from Vettel is low …

      • They haven’t though. They explained in their statement that they did it so the internet would shut up and move on.

        • celeste (@celeste) said on 30th November 2012, 12:40

          Excuseme, but the worst way to give the fans of Ferrari and Alonso more strength was by acknowledging their clain, as @keithcollantine explained if they wanted the rumor to stop they themself could have explained why the move was legal, instead they resorted to “send a letter”… This was a PR disaster, for everyone involve, they have put and asterist on Vettel Champions, fans of F1 are attacking Fernando Alonso as a sore loser, you can read the comments on the spanish websides, and Ferrari for not being strong (tweets mostly by spanish fans)… Please, a organization like Ferrari let themself being manipulated by fans… for real thats theirs excuse?

          • Girts (@girts) said on 30th November 2012, 12:58

            @celeste Agreed. There was no need to involve the FIA and wait until Friday before making a statement. There was no need for ambiguous tweets by Alonso. It’s just part of Ferrari’s strategy, they have been unable to make a better driver/car combination than Vettel/RBR this year so they attack their rivals this way.

          • dicksanchez said on 30th November 2012, 13:39

            But isn’t Ferrari the same team that faked a gearbox change in Austin to alter the grid? It cuts both ways. They just want to win like all the other teams. Their 2012 car was only competitive because of Alonso.

          • @girts

            I think it’s disingenuous to suggest this, without acknowledging that almost all teams are like this when it suits them.

      • tmax (@tmax) said on 1st December 2012, 19:19

        After this incident Alonso lost a lot of credibility that he gained this season. The article by Dave Jorgensen sums it very nicely. Look at Alonso’s response in 2007 when in a similar situation a post race penalty to Williams would make Lewis the 2007 World Champion… Amazing

        http://www.planetf1.com/editorial/8295279/Opinion-Losing-It

    • I think you are reading too much into it Kieth. Their statement clearly explains why they did it. I think you need to take your tinfoil cap off for a bit and re-read what they said.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th November 2012, 12:38

        @infy Obviously I disagree with you for the reasons already given. I think the alternative view that Ferrari did so with no interest in the ramifications for the championship is naive and not credible.

        • Not credible? You seriously think you as a conspiracy theorist, holds more credibility than Ferrari themselves?

          That’s hilarious!

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th November 2012, 13:08

            @infy Not taking someone’s PR at face value does not constitute believing in a conspiracy.

          • Girts (@girts) said on 30th November 2012, 13:14

            @infy Then what are you doing here or on any other F1 website? http://www.ferrari.com will tell you everything you need to know. Ferrari always tell the truth and they always hold the only right opinion. Everyone, who questions their neutrality, honesty or inerrancy, is a conspiracy theorist.

          • @infy
            The same Ferrari who said “we have no team orders” after Germany 2010? maybe its just PR and lies, just like what they said in Germany. Do you also believe the used car dealer when he say “oh that is just bubbles in the paint. No rust at all!”?

          • @girts

            Unbeliever! We must banish the outsider!

            No seriously, I hope no one ever leaves, all opinions are interesting, and it all builds into a great forum.

            But @infy I find it very hard sometimes to take what comes out of Ferrari as honesty, Red Bull do it just as much, but I think neither team ever tells the complete truth. It’s always twisted just slightly to make themselves look good, or suit their goals.

            I wanted Alonso to win this year, but Keith is right, The guys that are responsible for that press release are dishonest in how the present the situation.

            I’m quite sure Ferrari has looked as deeply as they can to overturn the title loss.

          • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 30th November 2012, 20:10

            Everybody calm down. F1 is about winning at nearly every and all costs. Bending rules, stretching truth, getting caught, getting fined; these are all just part of the game. Every team does it, and every team blames the others for doing it too.

            Crack a beer, relax and wait for next season when we get to do it all over again.

          • @javlinsharp I think that’s my favorite comment of the day to the point that I think people on this site should all have it tattooed somewhere for future reference.

    • MaroonJack (@maroonjack) said on 30th November 2012, 13:23

      @keithcollantine I wouldn’t cast blame on Ferrari. I think they knew it was a legitimate move. I’m sure they had analyzed it many times. Still, there was a huge debate among the fans, some unnecessary animosities were surfacing, and the team had to do something about it. They decided to use FIA to clear the air and I think it was the right course of action.

    • @keithcollantine I’m sorry to bring this up again, but why are you everytime trying to find faults with Ferrari, however microscopic it is? Gone are the days of the fabled ‘Group of Nine’ and ‘Ferrari International Aid/Assistance’. Ferrari are no longer on a different pedestal, they are treated like every other team is. And now when they humbly accept defeat(this seems clear from their words), you cross the line and attack them further by reading b/w the lines? It is normal to ask for a clarification of such things, and it was all done in a constructive spirit. Case closed.

      • xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 30th November 2012, 16:57

        They’re not treated like every other team though.
        They get a much larger sum of the constructors money just for being Ferrari.
        ie: should Ferrari win the title, they get more money than Red Bull otherwise would, should they finish first instead.

    • I think @SniffPetrol’s Tweet summarized it very well hilariously…..
      https://twitter.com/sniffpetrol/status/274479882099097600

    • Francuis (@francuis) said on 30th November 2012, 15:18

      I am one of those Alonso fans who want to know from Ferrari what is going on. To call Ferrari disingenuous show that you are not impartial as you say you are. I can understand that, as you are a Brit and you too, like all of us, in our hart of harts have a favorite driver or two.

      As an Alonso fan and not necessary a Ferrari fan, I wanted to know from Ferrari what were they going to do about this Yellow flag news. Sit and do nothing? I want answers and the FIA was silent about it. I don’t have access to FIA but I can at least ask Ferrari the question.

      Here are my questions and anybody can correct me if I am wrong.

      I understand that there is an onboard display, some sort of yellow light in each car on the steering wheel. I also understand that when the marshals wave the yellow flags a second marshal control and activate a button that runs to race control that automatically activate the yellow lights in all the cars in that section of the track. At the same time it also activated on the track lights itself to make it easier for the drivers to see and know what is going on, on the track. That prevents the divers for making excesses that they have not seen the waving flags.
      On seeing the yellow light on the dash board, the driver then needs to slow down. If not they get penalized and the way they deemed that is two fold. They check the lap time of the previous lap on that section of track and see if it is slower, and two if needed, they look at the telemetry car and see if there was a lift on the throttle or the brakes were applied.
      If this is the method use to judge driver, they don’t use actual waving flag of an individual marshal. Because there is no actual way for them to know at race control if an individual marshal are waving his flag. They trust the electronic system.
      As a driver in the rain, speeding, it is nearly impossible to see a waving flag through there helmet visor. They rely on the yellow light in the car lights to warn them, as well as there team maybe over the radio.

      My question then is did FIA seriously looked into this or not?
      In my view they did not. They don’t want to rock the boat. The Brazilian marshals in my observation have not done a consistent job. This is not the first time. Like a few year back when also in rain, they awarded Kimi Räikkönen the victory and only later realized it wat actuality Fisicala who won.

      In my view Ferrari have not done enough. Call me a sore loser or what ever you want but I believe there was no due diligent from FIA in this so called investigation. The media new about this footage on Monday already but did not act on this. FIA did not check any telemetry or data of Red Bull. Ferrari did not once again do enough at they understandably do not what to be seen as sore loser and lose fans.

      This “sore loser” will forever see that Vettel won the championship because some people did not do the job, for what ever the political or financial reason, it was handed to him Vettel unjustly. If this was a murder case in court and the evidence was before a judge, there will be a different champion.

      • LOL, seriously?? That’s just hilarious!

      • Metallion (@metallion) said on 30th November 2012, 17:40

        @francuis

        Did you read the discussion in the forum at all? Vettel’s pass was legal and there was nothing to further investigate.

        “If this is the method use to judge driver, they don’t use actual waving flag of an individual marshal. Because there is no actual way for them to know at race control if an individual marshal are waving his flag. They trust the electronic system.”

        Key word here, “if”; the flags are what count before anything else. If there was a green flag where Vettel passed, which there was, it doesn’t matter if there was a yellow light on his steering wheel.

        I wanted to Alonso to win the championship but Vettel did nothing wrong here and he deserves the championship.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 30th November 2012, 19:02

        Actually @francuis, in saying

        “If this is the method use to judge driver, they don’t use actual waving flag of an individual marshal. Because there is no actual way for them to know at race control if an individual marshal are waving his flag. They trust the electronic system.”

        it seems you take this system to be there mainly for the benefit of the stewards in checking weather the drivers complied with the flag rules.
        That is a misconception, because the flags are primarily there to instruct the drivers about upcoming dangers and give them free reign when the danger is gone.
        Therefore, the fact a flag is being waved is more important than what race control sees, as the marshals in that part of the track react to what they see and hear about their sector.

      • HotRodMex (@hotrodmex) said on 1st December 2012, 1:32

        As a driver in the rain, speeding, it is nearly impossible to see a waving flag through there helmet visor. They rely on the yellow light in the car lights to warn them, as well as there team maybe over the radio.

        As I’ve stated before, this is incorrect. I highly doubt you have been in this situation, and are relying simply on the poor camera footage, shot from a low resolution camera in the most difficult video-taking conditions (cloudy skies). Vettel KNEW there was a marshal station there, because signaling locations are one of the VERY IMPORTANT THINGS covered when preparing for a track.

        Vettel would have come screaming out of the yellow zone, and sighted the stand immediately because he would be LOOKING for the green flag. If you haven’t been on a track before, let alone in the rain (very fun, actually!), you shouldn’t force your opinion on this.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 30th November 2012, 18:56

      I think Ferrari were all too happy to have this issue to cloud the skies for a couple of days and take a bit of the feel good from Red Bulls victory. Already thinking about the future

    • verstappen (@verstappen) said on 30th November 2012, 22:42

      I think ferrari’s inquiry might be justified from the fact that Vettel ignored his dashboard.
      There has been an issue with Rosberg citing his dashboard as cause for an infringment.
      So in one case the dashboard was ruled to be the place wher to look and in this case it’s the actual flag – which I think it should be.

  3. Oskar (@oskar) said on 30th November 2012, 12:10

    I think it´s normal that Ferrari asked for a clarification. Vettel overtaking Vergne images were, at least, confusing (green flags, yellow flags, dashboard light, Vergne slow…). The FIA is the only who can say it´s a legal pass and Ferrari accepts it.

    • RedBullRacer (@redbullracer) said on 30th November 2012, 13:08

      The FIA is the only who can say it´s a legal pass

      The fact that it was not investigated by stewards during or after the race demonstrates that the FIA has deemed it a legal pass.
      Are you suggesting that after every race, the FIA should issue a breakdown of every overtaking manoeuvre to confirm that each one was legal?

      • Oskar (@oskar) said on 30th November 2012, 15:26

        Only if a team asks for it.
        I don´t know why nobody asked for a “possible breakdown of overtaking manoeuvre” during the race. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was all about the media and the internet viral power.

    • Ace of base said on 30th November 2012, 17:56

      It is sad that Ferrari once a great racing team has allowed itself to be dragged into mire. I am Ferrari fan and i don’t think they have done themselves any justice. I grew up admiring Ferrari as the ultimate racing machine and leader in F1; not ohhh we cant compete with Newey or may be we will can find some petty issue to get the WDC overturned. In the past Ferrari won at the track and not through bad PR team & lack of direction from the top as in this case; I am just so disappointed.

  4. iAbuser (@iabuser) said on 30th November 2012, 12:11

    Its a sad day for F1

  5. crr917 (@crr917) said on 30th November 2012, 12:47

    Amusing how Ferrari didn’t intend to undermine the legality of the result, but stated that it could change the championship outcome… They didn’t try to explain to their fans what realy was going on, maybe they don’t know? Or just jumped the bandwagon? Probably they don’t know the rules? Never were on track? Never raced in F1 before? :D
    Add 2007 season ending for comparison. Suddenly a U-turn. Priceless.

  6. Liam Stroud (@comabvbsixx) said on 30th November 2012, 14:36

    Being a Ferrari fan, I simply put my disappointment aside and thought:
    “This could of all been avoided had we developed the car a little bit more. Perhaps if the wind tunnel hadn’t of failed.”
    Well, no. I think Ferrari did everything they feasibly could. There seemed to be ‘developments’ in the form of experimentation at nearly every race.
    For me they tried their best and it wasn’t good enough. Although thankfully it was a mightily close contest, the only thing which makes it slightly bittersweet is that it wasn’t anything like 2010.
    At least when I look back on this season I can say, I enjoyed it. And the only animosity I hold towards Red Bull is the point of view that we, as a sport, should do absolutely everything to oust them from this dominance.

  7. wheresF1gone said on 30th November 2012, 15:37

    still mythed, is that a flashing green or yellow at the exit of turn 3, and what is the slower flashing light just before turn 4 end of straight, if thats a green at the end of turn 3 you can see Vettel put hes foot down before the light and gain momentum on vernge, if that is a green at the exit of 3 when does the green zone start, after the green light or when you can see it?
    I think this is the clarifacation Ferrari are seeking from the FIA.

    • raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 30th November 2012, 17:39

      the green started at the green flag waved on the left.

      • wheresF1gone said on 1st December 2012, 4:31

        left of where in the fast moving wet visor world, and why are they using flags in a world of flashing lights, like a say I can see why ferrari seek clarifaction of this obviously confusing situation

        • wheresF1gone said on 1st December 2012, 4:43

          still looks yellowish green exit turn 3, someone waving flag on the inside of the track, opposite the flashing light( is it green or yellow, looks yellow to me) is a waste of time, you cant persuade me that vettel spotted the flag somewhere being waved when you would obviously follow the lights while flooring the throttle into the straight, was vergne flooring it as well, um moot point really. vettel was like a opposing magnet through the traffic

  8. I must admit that when I saw the video I immediately wrote to the FIA with the YouTube address and then I saw on the BBC they were already aware of it and I crossed everything and started praying. Sadly I, like many others, didn’t see that lone green flag.

    (Never hated a driver as much as I dislike Vettel. That finger wagging he does is the reason and the fact that he started doing it after he finished SIXTH in Brazil really annoyed me – and how did he and Red Bull blag getting up to the podium – I didn’t see Schuey on the Japanese podium in 2003, nor Lewis in Brazil in 2008 or Jenson in 2009 and I was also damned annoyed not to see Jenson’s victory celebrations in Brazil!)

    • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 30th November 2012, 20:21

      You never saw FA’s shenanigans when he was a young buck winning WDC’s did you? Now that was some bombastic $h!*

      • Brace (@brace) said on 1st December 2012, 5:32

        @modtl @javlinsharp

        I think Alonso’s celebrations were quite funny in sense that they were genuine, always different and most importantly never giving off a vibe of arrogance. It never seemed like saying “In your face! I’m first and you are not!!!”. Mind you, that’s how Vettel’s “cheering” feels. As if he’s not happy for himself, but can only get satisfaction from others’ misery. The saddest thing is, it actually looks quite genuine, I’m afraid.

    • I think ferrari and alonso saw it…

    • Broom (@brum55) said on 30th November 2012, 21:22

      He is annoying but put yourself in his shoes, he is a 25 year old triple WDC with enough money to live a lifetime of luxury and is already one of the biggest names in his chosen sport’s history. He will mature, suffer some tough losses and will become a lot more bareable. But as things stand he could be so much worse.

    • Kobayashi24 (@kobayashi24) said on 30th November 2012, 21:29

      You hate him because he puts a finger up? Jesus Christ… Hate, huh? That’s a very strong feeling. What should a winning driver do in your fantasy? Get out of the car like a robot and not have any emotions? Formula Raikkonen?

    • celeste (@celeste) said on 30th November 2012, 21:54

      @modtl is a tradition for Red Bull to get in to the podium after last year they won both championships, and certanly is not as bad as destroying Suzuka like Schumacher and Ferrari did when he won his 6th championship… Every champion has a gesture that will result annoying to the losing party…

    • celeste (@celeste) said on 30th November 2012, 22:11

      @modtl See Alonso used to do the finger too , and I bet this karate kid kit celebration wasn´t funny for Kimi when he lost the championship. But this one where he is suppose to be flying is pure gold (go to the bottom of the page)…

        • Brace (@brace) said on 1st December 2012, 5:40

          P.S.
          I remember it in Spain 2006 (i think) when he was like firing arrows in the sky when he stepped out of the car. I mean that’s genuinely fun to see and it’s not like he pointed them at MS. :)

          Back in 2005 I was diehard Kimi fan and was wishing all the misfortune on Alonso :) but I don’t remember ever being fed up or ****** off because of his celebrations.

          As for Vettel, that finger is just disgusting. Lacks sportsmanship all around while not being fun either.

      • Brace (@brace) said on 1st December 2012, 5:36

        As I said above, those actually look quite funny and not arrogant, but simply creative and you can imagine him smiling while doing that, since its’ obvious he’s having a laugh. Showing finger into someone’s eye on the other hand, while making aggresive face expression, to show them you are first and they are not, is just not tasteful since it lacks humility completely.

  9. Broom (@brum55) said on 30th November 2012, 21:15

    Its easy to become sanctimonious but this was the last throw of the dice from a desperate team, under pressure from many over emotional and critical fans as well as the over emotional and critical Spanish & Italian press. In a way I’m glad they did it as opposed to allowing a minority to develop that would question the validity of the championship and F1 as a sport.

    As an Alonso fan I tried to avoid any news regarding this because a) I knew no retrospective change would be made as it would be humiliating for the sport and b) couldn’t bear to get my hopes dashed once again (lame, I know).

    Could Ferrari have been handled this better? Of course, but as ever hindsight is a wonderful thing. It would be asking a lot of any team to post video proof of why they don’t deserve to win the championship.

  10. Deurmat (@deurmat) said on 30th November 2012, 21:53

    Ferrari can’t have a 4th car but Red Bull can have 4 cars…. The torro rosso’s were never going to get in the way off the red bulls but what if it was Alonso who had to do the cachting up? Would the Torro Rosso’s have given up their position as easy too?

    • Deurmat (@deurmat) said on 30th November 2012, 21:53

      3rd car*

    • celeste (@celeste) said on 30th November 2012, 21:58

      @deurmat Hey Ferrari is more than welcome to purchase HRT and name it Fiat… is not against the laws of F1 so no point in arguing about it now

    • I don’t think stating examples of others moving out of the way somehow makes Vettel’s progression to 7th any less remarkable. He tore through the field in a damaged car from 22nd (and well behind the pack) after the collision at turn 4.

      It is expected that Vettel would fairly easily overtake the back markers, so suggesting that they may have let him by isn’t really meaningful. The Toro Rosso drivers didn’t resist Vettel as much as I’d like when he attempted to pass but again he’d have passed fairly quickly anyway. Schumacher therefore is the only event in Vettel’s recovery drive that I have distaste for. Schumacher could’ve fought him harder definitely but chose to back out of it as soon as Vettel came close.

      I don’t think we can argue though that Vettel drove a race fitting for the champion he is, with all the odds stacked against him after just 4 turn’s.

      • wheresF1gone said on 1st December 2012, 4:36

        man they were jumping out the way, hardly 2008

      • Brace (@brace) said on 1st December 2012, 5:46

        Dude I always give credit where it’s due, and for example Spa had some great moves from him, but Abu Dhabi and especially Brasil were just ridiculous. I was watching a video from his onboard, first few laps. Last’s around 14 mins, it’s in a yellow flag thread on the forum I think. There’s not a single goddamn overtake. They are literary standing as if they are being lapped, no joking. It really wasn’t that impressive.

        Spa wasn’t that impressive for making up positions since 5 cars from top 3 rows were gone by the turn one, but he had very good overtakes in the busstop chicane. You gotta be realistic. Without Torro Roso, MS, six backmakers and Webber willing to move if it was necessary, plus all the retirements (2 being his fault) he was never going to finish below 10th even if he drove backwards. :)

    • Churaragi said on 1st December 2012, 21:48

      Until there is a rule that explicitly says there can only be one owner per team(like that would accomplish anything given the one who pulls the strings is the one with money not the name on it) this will forever be just sour grapes.

      Also, wasn’t Monty saying how he would like to have 3 cars a few months back? Kind of ironic one complaining about having “more cars” but then wanting in on the party too.

  11. “New footage shows green flag during Vettel overtake” – not exactly new but the quality is slightly better.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/20554883

  12. wheresF1gone said on 1st December 2012, 5:00

    sorry to be a pain, but what is that light rapidly flashing at the exit of turn 3/begining of the back straight, and is it the same as the slower flashing light end of straight.

    • wheresF1gone said on 1st December 2012, 5:10

      when do they use different speed flashing green lights( is it green looks yellow to me ) if they were showing a green flag why the different frequencies in the strobing

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