FIA: No case to answer over Vettel pass at Brazilian Grand Prix

The FIA have confirmed Red Bull have "no case to answer" over Sebastian Vettel's controversial pass in Brazil

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

The FIA have confirmed Red Bull have “no case to answer” after Ferrari wrote to Formula 1’s governing body to seek clarification of Sebastian Vettel’s controversial pass in Brazil.

The Italian team asked the FIA to rule on whether the Red Bull driver’s overtake of Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne was legitimate but the governing body have now made it clear that no action will be taken.

Video footage from Vettel’s on-board camera appears to show the Red Bull driver making an illegal overtaking move in lap four of Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

Vettel won the title ahead of Spain’s Fernando Alonso by three points – but the German could have lost four points if he was deemed to have broken the rules, potentially overturning the result of the world championship.

A Ferrari statement released on Thursday read: “Ferrari has asked, by means of a letter, for a clarification from FIA regarding Sebastian Vettel’s overtaking move on Jean-Eric Vergne, during lap 4 of the Brazilian Grand Prix.”

Vettel made the move on lap four before passing a green flashing light indicating that the yellow caution zone – in which overtaking is not allowed – has ended.

The German’s dashboard display shows the yellow-flag warning sign throughout, but on-board videos of the incident appear to show a marshal waving a green flag on the inside of the track.

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